197

Emilio Solla & The Tango Jazz Conspiracy: Bien Sur!

Woodrow Wilkins By

Sign in to view read count
Tango jazz is described as a sound created by Argentine musicians, many of whom have immigrated to other countries. Pianist Emilio Solla, based in New York, is such an artist.

Solla earned a degree in classical piano from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. His works include such style as Argentinean tango, classical, rock and jazz. Bien Sur! is his sixth album as a leader. The Tango Jazz Conspiracy is comprised of saxophonist Chris Cheek, bassist Jorge Roeder, drummer Richie Barshay and accordionist Victor Prieto. A few guest musicians also make appearances.

"Remain Alert" begins with an alarm, sounded by Prieto on the Galician bagpipe. Then as the song picks up, Cheek takes lead on soprano sax. Solla, Roeder and Barshay show off their skills in the background. Prieto solos on accordion, backed only by Barshay at first. Later, Cheek, Solla and Roeder join in. The playing is frantic but focused. The title takes a sarcastic swipe at public officials who issue warnings or take away freedoms in the name of keeping people safe.

Drummer Billy Hart takes the chair on "Hartbeat," a song written for him by Solla. Cheek plays the tenor on this soft, charming piece. Hart's varied textures on the cymbals help supplement the piano solo.

The tambore trio of Arturo Prendez, Manuel Silva and Ramon Echegaray provides the Urugauyan rhythm to "Candombley." With Solla out front, the song begins softly but quickly gains momentum as the tambores and drums liven up.

Only a few of these selections sound like a tango, but that doesn't take anything away from the rest. All have a Latin jazz feel, and some have a bit of African influence. Each track of Bien Sur! stands well on its own. Collectively, it's a solid effort throughout.

Track Listing: Remain Alert; Payos; Hartbeat; Malena; Chakafrik; Candombley; Tonos Lejanos.

Personnel: Emilio Solla: piano; Richie Barshay: drums; Billy Hart: drums(3); Jorge Roeder: bass; Victor Prieto: accordion; Chris Cheek: soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones; Arturo Prendez: tambores (6); Manuel Silva: tambores (6); Ramon Echegaray: tambores (6); Lucia Polido: voice (7); Tim Armacost: soprano saxophone (5).

Title: Bien Sur! | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Llegara, llegara, llegara

Llegara, llegara, llegara

Emilio Solla
Second Half

Remain Alert

Remain Alert

Emilio Solla
Bien Sur!

Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Tributango

Tributango

Avantango Records
2016

buy
Second Half

Second Half

Self Produced
2014

buy
Bien Sur!

Bien Sur!

Fresh Sound New Talent
2010

buy
 

Conversas (al Lado...

Fresh Sound New Talent
2008

buy
Sentido

Sentido

Fresh Sound New Talent
2004

buy

Related Articles

Read Along for the Ride Album Reviews
Along for the Ride
By Jack Bowers
June 20, 2019
Read Ancestral Recall Album Reviews
Ancestral Recall
By Karl Ackermann
June 20, 2019
Read Eternal Youth Album Reviews
Eternal Youth
By Don Phipps
June 20, 2019
Read Curiouser and Curiouser Album Reviews
Curiouser and Curiouser
By Mike Jurkovic
June 20, 2019
Read Getz At The Gate Album Reviews
Getz At The Gate
By Chris May
June 19, 2019
Read Keep Talkin' Album Reviews
Keep Talkin'
By Dan McClenaghan
June 19, 2019
Read Night Owl Album Reviews
Night Owl
By Dan Bilawsky
June 19, 2019