Pablo Ziegler: Quintet For New Tango
This CD is proof that Piazzolla had a profound influence on Ziegler, who has assembled a fine quintet which features Enrique Sinesi on bandoneon for most of the cuts on this disc. The quintet plays a well rounded and spirited set of exquisitely orchestrated originals by Ziegler and by Astor Piazolla. 10 out of the 12 tunes were recorded in Buenos Aires and feature Zeigler's working group; the other 2 tunes were recorded in New York City with a quintet, plus Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone. There are ballads like the haunting "Milongueta", and the pretty "El Vals del Duende", spirited tangos such as "Imagenes" and "Desde Otros Tiempos", and darker, brooding themes like "Conexion Portena"and "Ritmico y Nostalgico". Lovano's role on "Once again...Milonga", and "Muchacha de Boedo" is largely that of ensemble player, but it is always nice to hear his warm tenor, no matter what the context. All in all, a very intriguing set by one Pablo Zeigler, a talented man who has a lot to say, and says it with clarity, focus and conviction. Recommended.
Track Listing: Conexion Portena; Desde Otros Tiempos; Milongueta; Once Again...Milonga; Imagenes 676; Alrededor del Choclo; El Vals del Duende; Ritmico y Nostalgico; Astor's Place; Muchacha de Boedo; Sandunga; Primavera Portena
Personnel: Pablo Ziegler (piano); Walter Castro (bandoneon); Enrique Sinesi (guitar) Horatio Hurtado (bass); Horacio Lopez (drums) and on tracks 4 & 10: Joe Lovano (Tenor sax); Hector del Curto (bandoneon); Claudio Ragazzi (guitar); Pablo Aslan (bass); Satoshi Takeishi (drums)
Record Label: BMG
Style: Fringes of Jazz