140

Dino Saluzzi: Responsorium

Elliott Simon By

Sign in to view read count
Dino Saluzzi: Responsorium A sincere presentation of deep cultural roots within a modern context, Responsorium envelops the listener with its honesty, warmth and deep textures. The bandoneon, a button accordion that is closer in timbre to an organ, has a rich sonority that is capable of creating a powerfully arresting soundscape. In the hands of Argentinian master Dino Saluzzi, the instrument is like a master bluesman's well-worn guitar through which he expresses a wide range of emotions with subtle coloration and intriguing harmonies. Saluzzi's son, acoustic guitarist Josè Maria Saluzzi, and top Swedish jazz bassist Palle Danielsson are able to blend in with and play off of these unique stylings to construct an hour-long session that allows for artful improvisations amidst absorbing moods.

The trio creates high energy at low volume and produces music with an outwardly unhurried feel that belies its inherent tension. The lovely melodies of "Cuchara" and "Mònica," played on bandoneon, lull while guitar and bass softly arrive to take the piece through elegant improvisations, making for a quiet unease each time that the theme is restated. The bandoneon's solo church organ chordal abilities are showcased on "Pampeana Mapu," while "Responso por la Muerte de Cruz" opens with a graceful guitar later joined by bandoneon and bass that leisurely push the piece through multiple changes.

Within this context, the playing can also be fiery, as on "Dele..., Don!!", with its authoritative bandoneon/guitar duet, and "Vienen del Sur los Recuerdos," featuring an increasingly quick complex meshing among the trio that culminates in an energetic finish. Owing to the consistent voicing, there is a deceptive surface simplicity that also makes this a lovely ambient soundtrack. Active listening however reveals complex compositional structures borne of a profound ethnic experience that maintains a delicate balance amongst divergent emotions.


Track Listing: A mi hermano Celso; Monica; Responso por la muerte de Cruz; Dele..., Don!!!; Reprise: Los hijos de Fierro; La peque

Personnel: Dino Saluzzi: bandoneon; Palle Danielsson: bass; Jos

Title: Responsorium | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: ECM Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 27, 2017
Read The Late Trane CD/LP/Track Review The Late Trane
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "Central Line" CD/LP/Track Review Central Line
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 2, 2017
Read "Salão Brazil" CD/LP/Track Review Salão Brazil
by John Sharpe
Published: March 30, 2017
Read "Chant" CD/LP/Track Review Chant
by Nicola Negri
Published: December 25, 2016
Read "Viriditas" CD/LP/Track Review Viriditas
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 14, 2017
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 9, 2017
Read "The Art Pepper Quartet" CD/LP/Track Review The Art Pepper Quartet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 7, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.