Pablo Aslan: Avantango (2004)
Aslan's sextet consists of top Argentinean musicians in the New York area, with instruments including violin, bass, trumpet, saxophone, piano, and the accordion-like bandoneon . The percussive and rhythmic flair of the music more than compensates for the absence of a drum section. Aslan is an accomplished bassist who delivers powerful notes as well as impressive bow string skill. His sextet is in fine form, keeping the music authentic yet fresh. The jazz influence is acknowledged with subtle swing, tight horn arrangements interspersed with solo spotlights.
Odd tempos and staccato lines are in abundance throughout the recording, as one would expect with tango music. The music features highly orchestrated pieces such as 'Beto' and 'Sabateando,' with heavy instrument interplay, to more simple and melodic lines of 'El Chanter.' The outstanding offerings of violin and bandoneon gives the music a timeless aura and on the uplifting 'Esualo' and 'Verano Perteno.' Tango vocalist Roxana Fontan adds a warmth and richness on the beautiful 'Velvo Al Sur,' which showcases her lovely voice accompanied by some fine ensemble work; and 'Malena,' which features her in a stirring duet with Aslan's deep bass. With detailed musicianship that is diverse, challenging, and captivating, Avantango faithfully harnesses the spirit of the tango.
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Track Listing: 1. Derviche 2. Deus Xango 3. Vuelvo al Sur 4. Sabateando 5. Escualo 6. Malena 7. Amadeo 8. Beto 9. Verano Porte?o 10. El Enchanter 11. Muchacha 12. La Calle 92
Personnel: Pablo Aslan: bass, Leonardo Suarez Paz: violin, Dario Eskenazi: piano, Hector Del Curto: bandoneon, Diego Urcola: trumpet, Oscar Feldman: tenor sax, Roxana Fontan: vocals, Gustavo Casenave: piano
Record Label: Zoho Music