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Richard Galliano: Tangaria

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A little accordion can go a long way. Its sound is a knife edge away from a dolorous monotone, and stubbornly resists modulation. It is no accident that Argentinian tango, the style indelibly associated with the instrument, typically deals with loss and bad luck. Few accordionists are able to cast off this baggage, but Richard Galliano is one who can.

An inventive, virtuoso performer with solid jazz chops, Galliano is at home with a variety of atmospheres, including the happy and the carefree. Tangaria, recorded with his Tangaria Quartet and guest mandolinist Hamilton De Holanda--and previously released, without ...

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Richard Galliano: Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions

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The beauty of music is in its ability to compress. A whole lifetime of emotions can be contained in a song. Music, in a way, is the most abstract way of speaking and yet it is also the most direct utterance one can think of. The same can be said of love. Love and music transcend time while still being situated in history. Love that's here today can be gone tomorrow.

Richard Galliano's Love Day can be heard as an allegory of love and music's ability to compress. In about an hour we experience the time of a ...

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Richard Galliano / Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Ten Years Ago

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An energetic recording artist who since 2007 has been averaging three albums a year, accordionist Richard Galliano appears even more prolific because of the quick-fire diversity of contexts in which he places himself--solo, with his Tangaria quartet, with European and American jazz groups ranging from duos to larger lineups, and with strings. Between them, Galliano's albums have embraced tango, jazz, chanson and the classics. In a long career as leader however, he has never recorded with a big band--until now and Ten Years Ago, his first release of 2009 and a thumping five-star triumph.

The album partners Galliano ...

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Richard Galliano: Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions

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French-Italian accordionist Richard Galliano began recording for the Milan label in the mid-2000s, since when he's released two tango-based albums, Luz Negra (Milan, 2007) and Live In Marciac (Milan, 2007), made with his Tangaria Quartet. Galliano's Love Day: Los Angeles Session finds him returning to another love, new musette, a jazz-inflected recalibration of the bal-musette cafe music developed by French and Italian musicians in late 19th century Paris.Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions is bal-musette with a further twist though. Throughout his substantial discography, Galliano has recorded, in the main, with European musicians. On Love Day he's chosen a ...

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Ottawa Jazz Festival 2008: Days 10-11, June 29-30, 2008

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Brad Mehldau Trio / Richard Galliano Tangaria Quartet TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 29-30, 2008

As the 2008 TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival entered the home stretch, there were choices to be made. Mike Stern or Brad Mehldau? Richard Galliano or Gladys Knight? With an eye on diversity, there was, once again, something for everyone. And while the festival's final day, July 1, 2008, was a special program of free ...

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Paolo Fresu/Richard Galliano/Jan Lundgren: Mare Nostrum

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This magical debonair international trio reminds us once again of the porosity of walls between nations and fluidity of musical styles, as it flits through an enticing shadow world that recaptures Paris in the 1950s. Swedish Jan Lundgren's pointillist piano blends dreamily with Richard Galliano's poignant squeezebox and Sardinian Paolo Fresu's acerbic, haunted trumpet to raise the shades of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Miles Davis, Charles Trenet, Maurice Ravel and Josephine Baker. Waltzes, of course, are numerous, swirling and dreamy affairs that evoke smoky cabarets, midnight quais, Seine-side trysts. Unisons between Galliano and Fresu are mesmerizingly resonant, ...

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Richard Galliano & Tangaria Quartet: Live In Marciac 2006

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Accordionist Richard Galliano's Tangaria Quartet made its studio debut earlier this year with the thrilling Luz Negra (Milan Records, 2007), recorded in Brazil. The group's warm-up gig for those sessions happened a month earlier, in August 2006, at France's Marciac Festival, and, happily, the performance was recorded.

Like the studio set, Live In Marciac 2006 is a fiery, foot-on-the-accelerator mix of valse musettes, straight-ahead jazz, tunes derived from European and South American folk songs, a handful of tangos and a splash of the classics. It's physical, attacking music, and it pauses to catch its breath on just two ...

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Richard Galliano featuring Gary Burton: If You Love Me (L'Hymne a L'Amour)

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Fifteen years after his death, tango legend Astor Piazolla's influence continues to be felt. Both accordionist Richard Galliano and vibraphonist Gary Burton have released tributes to the late composer/performer, and so it's no surprise that the two have joined up to mine Piazolla's music and more on If You Love Me (L'Hymne à L'Amour). They explore the paradoxical romanticism and melancholy of tango, but also delve into music as far-reaching as singer Edith Piaf, composer J.S. Bach and pianist Bill Evans. Defined by elegance and grace, it possesses the kind of near-perfection that's defined both musicians' careers.

Bassist George Mraz, ...

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Richard Galliano: Luz Negra

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A little accordion can go a long way. The instrument's blowsy, wheezing sound, perfectly fashioned to express sadness and tears, can quickly become a downer, and it takes a player with unusual gifts to transcend all that. It is no accident that two styles intimately associated with the accordion, Argentinian tango and French musette, frequently deal with loss and bad luck. Je ne regrette rien? I don't think so.

Richard Galliano has recorded several tristesse fests in his time, but at his best he's a creative composer and improviser who has a gift for non-generic orchestration and who is at ...

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Richard Galliano: Ruby, My Dear

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As with a lot of good music, there are numerous times during Richard Galliano's Ruby, My Dear where you find yourself not hearing the instrumentation or even the song really--instead, you find yourself joyously lost in the sound being created. Ruby, My Dear isn't the album that will mark the accordion as an instrument that has arrived, however it does make a strong case for its inclusion as a legitimate jazz vehicle.Richard Galliano has been working to promote the accordion for well over 25 years now, and he has done more than just about any other musician in ...

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Michel Portal & Richard Galliano: Concerts

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The duo of Michel Portal and Richard Galliano has brought us a decade of great mainstream jazz with a unique flavor. It's the accordion that makes their performances stand apart. By taking their audience on a tour of France, Argentina, and other exotic vacation spots, they continue to thrill. Portal moves fluidly with intense emotions, as Galliano supports with a lively foundation. All the while, they characterize folk dances from all over the world.

Recorded 1999 in Hamburg, 2001 in Antwerp, and 2003 in Milan, these three concert performances find both artists at their creative best. They mesmerize ...

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Richard Galliano: Piazzolla Forever

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Astor Piazzolla (1923-92) took the originally blue collar Argentinean tango to new and unforeseen levels, and onto a classical plane. A virtuoso on the bandoneon – a squeeze box similar in sound to the accordion – he abandoned his plans for a European classical music career to embrace the earthier tango sounds of his homeland.Accordionist and bandoneon player Richard Galliano pays homage to the tango master on Piazzolla Forever. Like his idol, Galliano initially studied classical music, but since he discovered jazz in the sixties via Clifford Brown and Max Roach, he hasn't looked back. Since 1993, he ...

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Richard Galliano: Passatori

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What musical imagery comes to mind when you think of the accordian? Whatever your thoughts, you had better sit down when you listen to accordionist Richard Galliano's latest CD, Passatori. Backed by the Toscana orchestra, Galliano performs a progam of self-penned originals, as well as two compositions by the world-renown master of the bandoneon, Astor Piazzolla. The series of compositions on this disc range from romantic ballads to up-tempo, extended compositions that are representative of twentieth century romanticism, but incorporating segments within the pieces, where Galliano is prominently featured as an improvisor. Some of the charts are extremely intricate, employing ...

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Richard Galliano: Passatori

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Richard Galliano is one of the premier accordionists in the world and since the passing of Astor Piazzolla, Galliano perhaps holds the virtual throne or denotes the measuring stick for those wishing to integrate this instrument into various musical art forms. Known for his work with jazz icons such as Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Toots Thielemans and many others, Galliano’s new release titled, Passatori performed with a string orchestra represents something of a milestone for this highly esteemed artist. Galliano’s first recording with strings would theoretically indicate a congenial atmosphere or something that would signify a natural coexistence and as ...



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