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Pablo Aslan Quintet: Piazzolla in Brooklyn

Read "Pablo Aslan Quintet: Piazzolla in Brooklyn" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Pablo Aslan QuintetPiazzolla In BrooklynSoundbrush Records2011 Thanks to artists like pianist Pablo Ziegler, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Paquito D'Rivera and bassist Pablo Aslan, the union of jazz and tango has been made complete over the last several decades. Tango music, which like jazz has had a long and complex history often entwined with issues of class, has been present in the Americas for well over 100 years. As popular music, tango was in many ...


Album Review

Pablo Aslan: Tango Grill

Read "Tango Grill" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bassist Pablo Aslan has long been in the forefront of forging an alliance between jazz and the tango. His approach has been artful, keeping the body of the tango intact while letting jazz take the music into new pastures. His success can be seen in the music he has created with his band, Avantango, and through recordings like Buenos Aires Tango Standards (Zoho Music, 2007). When it was time for him to fire up Tango Grill Aslan went to Buenos ...


Album Review

Pablo Aslan: Tango Grill

Read "Tango Grill" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

To the unsuspecting ear, Pablo Aslan may sometimes appear to be just a fabulous bassist, with sublime technique and a virtuoso of limitless possibility. But dig a little deeper, especially into Tango Grill, and the impossible will seem to appear. Aslan takes the relatively rigid structure of the written music and dance form--the Tango--into a stratospheric space where no one else has ever dared to venture--not, at least, since Astor Piazzolla reinvented the form as Nuevo Tango over 60 years ...


Live Review

Archivo Digital del Tango and Pablo Aslan Quintet featuring Paquito D' Rivera at Americas Society

Read "Archivo Digital del Tango and Pablo Aslan Quintet featuring Paquito D' Rivera at Americas Society" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Archivo Digital del Tango Pablo Aslan Quintet Featuring Paquito D' Rivera Americas Society New York, NY March 24, 2010

According to Americas Society music director Sebastian Zubieta, March 23rd is a national day of remembrance in Argentina, marking the anniversary of the 1975 military coup that took control of the country for over a decade, and this was the date chosen to introduce the audience of a landmark ...



Tango? Not according to the Latin Academy

Read "Tango? Not according to the Latin Academy" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Pablo Aslan This past summer, members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Science (LARAS) were mailed voting instructions for the prestigious Latin Grammy Awards 2007. Voting on a wide variety of genres and subgenres, such as Brazilian, Mexican, tango, Latin jazz, members will have to choose among 100s of recordings submitted for nomination by the LARAS membership, a distinguished group of industry insiders, musicians, record labels, producers, etc. to which I am ...


Album Review

Pablo Aslan: Buenos Aires Tango Standards

Read "Buenos Aires Tango Standards" reviewed by Ivana Ng

The bass is usually an accompanying instrument, but in Buenos Aires Tango Standards, bassist and native Argentinean Pablo Aslan presents the instrument prominently to convey the stealth and sensuality of tango music. When Aslan returned to his native Buenos Aires in 2005 after living in the US for twenty-five years, he found what he calls, “a fertile pool of musicians who were professionally and creatively engaged in both [the tango and the jazz] worlds. Alongside pianist Abel ...


Album Review

Pablo Aslan: Buenos Aires Tango Standards

Read "Buenos Aires Tango Standards" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pablo Aslan returned to Buenos Aires in September 2005 after a 25-year absence. While there, he became involved with local jazz musicians, many of whom shared his idea of melding jazz with tango. Aslan formed a band and chose tango standards that spanned several eras for this recording. He wrote the basic arrangements and then let his band have its way.

Aslan's choice profiles the diversity of the tango. While the rhythm of the music is the take-off point for ...


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