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Astor Piazzolla's estimable piano man has taken up the mantle of tango's greatest innovator. Like his old boss, Ziegler stretches the strictures of Argentina's national dance, introducing jazzy improvisation (Joe Lovano guests on sax) and complex arrangements. Unlike Astor, Ziegler adds a drummer (Satoshi Takeishi), imparting a swinging lift to tango's weighty sensuality. The result still packs a soulful wallop, akin to Spain's New Flamenco.
All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The tango nueva has a new champion in pianist Ziegler, who is well qualified since he was with grand master Astor Piazzolla's bands in the last years of Piazzolla's life. ...
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Astor Piazzolla's estimable piano man has taken up the mantle of tango's greatest innovator. Like his old boss, Ziegler stretches the strictures of Argentina's national dance, introducing jazzy improvisation (Joe Lovano guests on sax) and complex arrangements. Unlike Astor, Ziegler adds a drummer (Satoshi Takeishi), imparting a swinging lift to tango's weighty sensuality. The result still packs a soulful wallop, akin to Spain's New Flamenco.
All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The tango nueva has a new champion in pianist Ziegler, who is well qualified since he was with grand master Astor Piazzolla's bands in the last years of Piazzolla's life. This music is even more challenging than Piazzolla's; it's jazz-oriented and not as swinging, less dominated by the bandoneon, with more piano and electric guitar lead. Ziegler's core band is Walter Castro bandoneon, Enrique Sinesi guitar, Horatio Hurtado bass, and Horacio Lopez drums, they play on ten of the twelve tracks, recorded in Buenos Aires, Two other cuts with a different band featuring tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano were waxed in N.Y.C.. Once again, this is not music strictly in the tango tradition, or following the path carved by Piazzolla, but an entirely new, creative sound inspired by the modern tango. The three selections that pay tribute to Piazzolla are the 6/8 modal, behemoth romp "Imagenes 676," the last piece recorded by Piazzolla and Ziegler and redone here; "Primavera Portena," with its staccato, head-nodding, and spontaneous half-time accents, and Ziegler's "Astor's Place," inspired by a walk with Piazzolla, actually a stealthy, slinky number that speaks directly to the intimacy of their friendship. The rest are Ziegler's riveting compositions: "Conexion Portena" with cinematic dramatism in its ever-shifting tempos, the similar "Ritmico y Nostalgico" jumpy and all over the place in its urgency, and a highlight -- "Alrededor del Choclo" -- an adaptation of the famous classic tango "El Choclo" or "The Corn," using a circle-the-wagons approach to hinting at the theme, but never actually playing it straight out. The purest tango form comes from the sad sax of Lovano during "Muchacha de Boedo" in agreement with the bandoneon of Hector del Curto, and Lovano's other feature, "Once Again...Milonga," is spirited, the tenor's moves and countermoves shadowed by bandoneon and Ziegler's piano. There's also a Chick Corea-inspired dancing figure as the centerpiece of "Sandunga," for Ziegler's wife, and the scatting, darting, daunting sounds of "Desde Otros Tiempos," which starts as a steady midtempo, goes lugubriously slow, then goes frantic with passion, as most romances go. In the liner notes, the quite informative Fernando Gonzalez Miami Herald calls tango a music of "winks and dares, " a perfectly concise description for what you hear on this truly remarkable and beautiful disc of music. Listen to this in contrast to Guillermo Klein's "Los Guachos II" Sunnyside for both sides of the emerging sound of creative music born in Argentina, fueled and inspired by jazz improvisation. The results are revelatory. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1999
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266350025
  • Catalog Number: 63500

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pablo Ziegler Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Joe Lovano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pablo Aslan Bass
Satoshi Takeishi Drums
Claudio Ragazzi Guitar, Electric Guitar
Walter Castro Bandoneon
Hector del Curto Bandoneon
Technical Credits
Ettore Stratta Producer
Paul Angelli Mastering
Pablo Ziegler Arranger
Fernando Gonzalez Liner Notes
Steve Gates Executive Producer
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