Amanda Ruzza: This Is What Happened

The Brazilian-born and raised Ruzza, who has been plying her plucking skills in New York for the last four years, delivers a robust Latin-jazz debut centered around her multilingual, pervasive bass.
By Chris Jisi ,

The Brazilian-born and raised Ruzza, who has been plying her plucking skills in New York for the last four years, delivers a robust Latin-jazz debut centered around her multilingual, pervasive bass. “Larry and I” rides a serious slap groove with global implications. A reading of the traditional chorinho “Pagão” finds bass and ’bone locked in unison bliss. Elsewhere, the surging, odd-meter hybrid feel of “Costanera” culminates in an expansive solo, while title track shows off Ruzza’s savvy samba support.