Dino Saluzzi: Responsorium (2003)
The trio creates high energy at low volume and produces music with an outwardly unhurried feel that belies its inherent tension. The lovely melodies of "Cuchara" and "Mònica," played on bandoneon, lull while guitar and bass softly arrive to take the piece through elegant improvisations, making for a quiet unease each time that the theme is restated. The bandoneon's solo church organ chordal abilities are showcased on "Pampeana Mapu," while "Responso por la Muerte de Cruz" opens with a graceful guitar later joined by bandoneon and bass that leisurely push the piece through multiple changes.
Within this context, the playing can also be fiery, as on "Dele..., Don!!", with its authoritative bandoneon/guitar duet, and "Vienen del Sur los Recuerdos," featuring an increasingly quick complex meshing among the trio that culminates in an energetic finish. Owing to the consistent voicing, there is a deceptive surface simplicity that also makes this a lovely ambient soundtrack. Active listening however reveals complex compositional structures borne of a profound ethnic experience that maintains a delicate balance amongst divergent emotions.
This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .
Track Listing: 1. A Mi Hermano Celso (Saluzzi) - 8:05 2. M
Personnel: Dino Saluzzi: bandoneon Palle Danielsson: bass; Jose Maria Saluzzi: acoustic guitar.
Record Label: ECM Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz