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Buenos Aires Tango Standards
     

Buenos Aires Tango Standards

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by Pablo Aslan
 
Bassist/arranger/composer Pablo Aslan has selected eight tango standards from different eras, sketched a basic arrangement for each, and turned his band loose. The result: spontaneity and style by musicians steeped in the tango language. The sound you hear on Buenos Aires Tango Standards is not classic tango. It is what can be called the ultimate encounter

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Bassist/arranger/composer Pablo Aslan has selected eight tango standards from different eras, sketched a basic arrangement for each, and turned his band loose. The result: spontaneity and style by musicians steeped in the tango language. The sound you hear on Buenos Aires Tango Standards is not classic tango. It is what can be called the ultimate encounter between Miles Davis and Troilo, Thelonious Monk and Pugliese -- a fusion of two cultures that have been connected for a century. "La Cachila" opens the set. This song was written by Eduardo Arolas -- one of the most important composers of the early 1900s who shaped tango criollo and the effect known as the arrastre, that fundamental feature of the tango style that listeners are all familiar with. Aslan makes sure that you hear a chord progression of clear roots in the milonga and its ancestor, the guajira, within the song -- a brilliant accomplishment by any compositional standards. The bassist then graduates to Agustin Bardi's "Tinta Verde." Bardi, another pillar of the early tango repertoire, wrote a complicated piece that is not among his best-known compositions. The A section is a clever milonga riff, first in major and then in minor. Aslan's arrangement turns it into a bass and drum vamp. The B section of this three-part song is used as a release or bridge. The C section is a new fresh theme. With excellent trumpeting by Gustavo Bergalli, this song beckons the listener to become involved. "De Puro Guapo," arranged according to its milonga roots, features Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla on drums. He reveals himself as a solid milonguero and delivers a stunning solo over a pedal point. Aslan's solo is also wonderful and exhibits a standard of playing and arranging for future generations. Overall, this entire recording is a priceless introduction to various tango standards and a must-have for the student and aficionado of the jazz and tango fusion genre.

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Release Date:
02/13/2007
Label:
Zoho Music
UPC:
0880956070223
catalogNumber:
200702

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Buenos Aires Tango Standards 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Argentine bassist Pablo Aslan has succeeded in taking all the sultry essence of the Tango and, with the help of his collaborators Abel Rogantini, piano, Jorge Retamoza, sax, Gustavo Bergalli, trumpet, and Daniel 'Pipi' Piazzolla (yes, grandson of the legend!), drums, (though strangely without a bandoneon...) has a achieved a vital fusion with jazz concepts bringing new life to these well known compositions. The well-engineered CD brings a true in-house sound to the 8 tangos that serve as takeoff points for Aslan and his confreres. The works included are by Aroias, Bardi, Fernandez, De Caro, Di Santi, Maffia, Salgan, and Laurenz. While the tunes of the tangos are the stuff of which variations are made, Aslan keeps the pulsating beat of the tango as the constant. Each of the instrumentalists are excellent and their playing off each other feels so natural you would think you were present on a fresh jam session instead of a recording! For those who love the tango and are willing to absorb the jazz variations this is a recording a high merit. Grady Harp