Astor Piazzolla invited jazz into the world of tango, birthing a hybridized form of music that's outlived its creator; jazz, proving equally hospitable, opened its doors to Piazzolla and nuevo tango. High-end artists like saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, vibraphonist Gary Burton, and guitarist Al Di Meola all collaborated with the legendary composer/bandoneon player, helping to raise his profile and that of nuevo tango music on the whole. Piazzolla had a notable influence on, in addition to all three of these musicians, countless others in jazz's past and present, but none of those figures took up the mantle of nuevo tango figurehead; ...read more
Pablo Ziegler-Quique Sinesi with Walter Castro Buenos Aires Report Zoho Music 2007Pablo Ziegler Quartet Tango & All That Jazz Kind of Blue 2007 Predating jazz and borne out of the ethnic mosaic that was 19th century Buenos Aires, tango music's distinctive development runs intriguingly parallel to jazz. A mixture of African, South American and European musics, the bandoneon, a button accordion with a rich organ-like timbre, helps to define ...read more
Pablo Ziegler (piano), Quique Sinesi (guitars) and Walter Castro (bandoneon) fly in on the wings of their Grammy-winning Best Tango Album 2005 Bajo Cero (Zoho) with another enticing set of tunes. Ziegler composed five new ones, revamped two more, added a tune by Sinesi as well as the Astor Piazzolla classic Libertango.
The music was recorded over two shows at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. Nine tunes were selected from the sixteen that made up the night. The choice is judicious, showcasing the repertoire of the band that moves beyond the boundaries of the tango.
The trio revamps Libertango. The tone ...read more
To hear the delightful sounds of Argentinean tango/jazz pianist, Pablo Ziegler and his trio on Buenos Aires Report is to allow oneself the indulgence of being transported to strolling the streets of Buenos Aires or to be swept into a scene of casual open-air dining at a late night café in Paris. The music is a sensuous combination of tango-inspired melodies with elements of classical music, jazz improvisational techniques and a sprinkling of gypsy bravado. This is definitely music that can set a mood, allowing the listener to depart from everyday environs for a short sojourn into a ...read more
Bajo Cero continues the string of fine releases from the folks at New York's Zoho Music, this time presenting an excellent example of tango nuevo in a trio format. Playing a combination of tango and jazz styles with roots in Argentina, the triumvirate is led by Pablo Ziegler, a graduate of the Buenos Aires Music Conservatory and Astor Piazzolla's pianist for ten years. He has been a featured symphonic performer and composer across the globe, as well as having associations with jazz players like Paquito D'Rivera, Gary Burton, and Joe Lovano. Ziegler is joined by Quique Sinesi, considered one of ...read more
Rescued from the ashes of Khaeon Records, Bajo Cero should be welcomed with open arms. I warmly received this recording when it was first released and am fortunate to have the opportunity to reconsider it here. The disc is ostensibly a duet between former Astor Piazzolla-pianist Pablo Ziegler and guitarist Quique Sinesi, Ziegler's Nuevo Tango Duo.
What does this music sound like? I suspect had Ravel or Debussy or any of Les Six been Latin Americans from the humid climes of Argentina and existed now, they would be making this music. It is impressionism with an edge. The ...read more
"Nuevo Tango" is what Argentinean pianist Pablo Ziegler calls his music. El Profesor Ziegler was the last pianist to perform with the great Astor Piazzolla, joining the master’s quintet from 1978 to 1989. After Piazzolla disbanded the group, Ziegler formed Cuarteto Para El Nuevo Tango, beginning to compose and perform his Nuevo Tango. On Bajo Cero, Ziegler debuts his newly formed Nuevo Tango Duo consisting of himself on piano and Quique Sinesi on guitar. He supplements the duo with virtuoso bandoneon player Walter Castro. The resulting trio makes some of the most entertaining and provocative music in recent memory. In ...read more
Life is full of surprises, and things aren't always what they appear to be on the surface. Many hidden mysteries are waiting to reveal themselves to the ones who seek them out. There will be times when you expect everything, and you get nothing. But there will also be times when you expect nothing, and you get everything. These are times we cherish the most, for these moments serve as a reminder that life need not be mundane; there is a lot to be excited about if we just open our eyes, our ears and our hearts. Hearing music by ...read more
I’m no expert on the tango, but I do know that to most partisans of that Argentinean music and dance, the words “tango” and “Astor Piazzolla” are practically inseparable. The inescapable question, following Piazzolla’s passing in July 1992, was, where does the tango go from here? The answer, says pianist Pablo Ziegler, a member of Piazzolla’s last quintet (1978–88), is onward and upward, using the foundation erected by Piazzolla as the launching pad for a fresh restatement of the music in which Jazz plays a more prominent role. This “nuevo tango” is exemplifed on Ziegler’s new RCA release, Quintet for ...read more
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