Born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living near Washington, DC, bassist Leonardo Lucini has been bringing the sounds of Brazilian jazz to American audiences for over a decade.
Lucini is a virtuoso performer on electric and acoustic bass. Trained in both classical and jazz styles, he holds a master’s degree in music performance from University of Maryland. He is knowledgeable about many world music styles, including a vast range of Latin music. His own compositions are often based on unique Brazilian rhythmic styles, going far beyond the expected samba and bossa nova to Maracatu and Afoxe. His love of the music overflows. An able clinician, he also conducts lectures and workshops on Brazilian jazz. ...
In a Capital Bop review of a November 2011 Blues Alley performance by Origem, reviewer Ken Avis says that the brothers “exude pure joy” when they play.
Origem's first album, Ijexa, was reviewed in the Washington Post by Mike Joyce, who says, “The brothers make for a nimble rhythm section --Alejandro on percussion; Leonardo on electric and acoustic bass” and goes on to comment on the band’s “resourcefulness and dexterity.”
All About Jazz comments that Origem “balances a unique blend of styles to develop a powerful musical experience built upon the African-derived rhythm that sensuously underpins much of the music heard during Carnival in Brazil. The Lucini brothers, drummer Alejandro and bassist Leonardo, bring their rhythmic telepathy to Brazilian classics, jazz standards and their own compositions.