Correa (also a superb collaborator with her husband, pianist/composer Frank Carlberg) has a more go-for-broke delivery, and she can sound rough in her turns on Out of the Shadows. Her unsparing emotionalism is the opposite of Serpa's cool. But, God, can she sing. Especially effective is the way she swoops into the segue from Blake's solo oom-pah-pah "The Band Played On" to the duet "Goodbye, Little Yellow Bird" (from The Picture of Dorian Gray, with Angela Lansbury). When two artists take these kinds of risks with each other, the performance becomes as much about trust as anything else. That's another kind of groove.
Blake was given a special 75th-birthday concert by students and faculty at NEC in September. He presents his annual film-noir student-faculty extravaganza, this year dedicated to Claude Chabrol, on November 10.
AFROCUBISM | Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston | November 7 @ 7:30 pm | $30-$50 | 617.876.4275 or worldmusic.org | LUÍSA MAITA | Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville | November 10 @ 8 pm | $15 | 617.776.2004 or johnnyds.com | "CHABROL NOIR" | Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston | November 10 @ 8 pm | free | necmusic.edu
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