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Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra: Puertos: Music From International Waters

Read "Puertos: Music From International Waters" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Tango music was born in the late nineteenth century in the ports along the shore of the Rio de la Plata which flows to the ocean along the border between Argentina and Uruguay. A sound of the poorer locales, it was a melting-pot music, drawing from European, Native American, Spanish-Cuban, African and Argentinian folk music influences. The very early twentieth century saw a “tango craze," with this working class music bubbling up out of the slums to gain respectability in ...

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Emilio Solla: Tributango

Read "Tributango" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There's nothing quite so romantic and life-affirming, in its exuberantly dance-able way, than the tango. It's a sensuous, sinuous sound that bubbled up from the streets of Argentina where bandoneonist/composer Astor Piazzolla found it, and refined it and took it to the concert halls. And in the tradition of all great music, assimilations occur, hand-offs to oncoming artists willing to take the baton on run with it. Grammy-Nominated Argentine Composer/pianist Emilio Solla is one top purveyors of tango in the ...

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Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Edward Blanco

What do you get when you blend a bit of Tango, Jazz, Latin and some chamber music? The answer? Pianist Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn nine-piece orchestra delivering their Second Half album of World fusion music that is quite enticing. The album is the culmination of several years performing this particular ensemble in some of the best venues throughout New York City. For some time now, Solla has been an in-demand composer and arranging of music for large ...

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Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Argentine-born pianist {Emilio Solla has moved around the globe a bit to find perfection in his art: studies in the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, then to New York for more immersion at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and a move to Barcelona, Spain, where he recorded the marvelous Suite Piazzollana (Fresh sound New Talent, 2001) with a mostly Spanish ten piece ensemble. Ten years after his move to Spain, Solla pulled up roots once more, to ...

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Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The life-as-football-game metaphor is central to this stunning album from pianist Emilio Solla. In 2012, Solla had an epiphany. He awoke to the realities of his existence, the finite nature of things, and the passage of time. He realized that he'd already played the first half of this game called life, working his way up and down the field while executing play after play. Now, in working his way into the second half, he's learned to play ...

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Emilio Solla & The Tango Jazz Conspiracy: Bien Sur!

Read "Bien Sur!" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

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 ...

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Emilio Solla & The Tango Jazz Conspiracy: Bien Sur!

Read "Bien Sur!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music on Bien Sur! carries the tag “Tango Jazz," but pianist/composer Emilio Solla, leader of the Tango Jazz Conspiracy that is responsible for the sound, says he has no idea what that is. The Argentine-born and now New York-based artist has been introducing himself to American audiences in a world msic vein over the course of seven CD releases, including the top notch nonet outing, Suite Piazzollana (Blue Moon, 2002), and the sparer, but just as fine Sentando (Fresh ...


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