All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

278

Emilio Solla y la Orquestrable: Suite Piazzollana

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
If you haven't developed a taste for the tango, a love for the gentle sighing breeze of the squeezebox, then Emilio Solla's Suite Piazzollana might seem to be inhabiting a space out in music's left field. The musical pallet, for the American ear, is a bit unusual: two saxophones, trumpet, cello, violin, bandoneon, bass, drums, and cajon y tinaja (percussion), and Emilio Solla's piano.

For those not familiar with the bandoneon (Astor Piazzolla's instrument; more later), it is actually a type of celeste, imported from Germany to Argentina in the mid-nineteenth century, where it found a niche—a dominant one—in tango music. It's sound is light and airy, very accordion-like, a gentle, wheezing breeze, and it, like squeeze boxes of all sorts, really, is, lamentably, a neglected instrument in American jazz.

The Suite Piazzollana is three part classical, two parts jazz, and was composed by Emilio Solla in honor of the great Argentine composer/bandoneon genius, Astor Piazzolla, a man who took the plebian Argentine dance music and lifted it to startling new heights.

Solla's reverent suite is a thing of beauty—by turns ethereal, fiery, delicate, fierce, gentle, using the pallet of the tango orchestra that might be, for those who have never experienced Piazzolla, a very new experience.

Comparisons are hard to come by: The Miles Davis/Gil Evan Sketches of Spain album, perhaps (Solla is an Argentine, five members of la Orquestable are Spanish); or Dave Douglas's A Thousand Evenings CD, with an expanded line-up.

Two gut reactions upon encountering this music: one, the free reed bandoneon sound entwined with the saxophones accentuates the 'reediness' of the saxophones—it's easy to be beguiled by the brassy, throaty, growling attributes the horns, but beside the bandoneon, the vibration of the reed comes to the forefront of the ear's perception; and two, it is an unusual, beautiful juxtaposition.

The jazziest section of The Suite is "Ratos"; Benet Palet takes an extended solo on trumpet, and the colors the Orquestrable paints behind him makes the piece sound very much like a Gil Evan/Miles Davis collaboration, something off of Miles Ahead.

Gorgeous music, difficult to categorize, and certain to arouse a curiosity in the music of Astor Piazzarolla.

Track Listing: I. Rotas (1. Milonga, 2. After-milonga, 3. Otro Buena Aires, 4. Volver que? II. Ratos 5. Ratos III. 6. Tarso, 7. Tierra adentro, 8. Tierra afuera 9. Metatarso 10. Finale; Mi Buenos Aires Blues, Adios, Noneto, Milonga (extended mix)

Personnel: Benet Palet, trumpet; Chris Cheek, saxophones; Gorka Benitez sax and flute; Jorge Rossy drums; Emilio Solla, piano; Omer Avital, bass; Juanjo Mosalini, bandoneon; Manuel del Fresno, cello; David Ballesteros, violin; David Gomez, cajon bateria y tinaja

Title: Suite Piazzollana | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Blue Moon

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Llegara, llegara, llegara

Llegara, llegara, llegara

Emilio Solla
Second Half

Remain Alert

Remain Alert

Emilio Solla
Bien Sur!

CD/LP/Track Review
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 Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Locked & Loaded CD/LP/Track Review
Locked & Loaded
by John Kelman
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Long Story Short CD/LP/Track Review
Long Story Short
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Awase CD/LP/Track Review
Awase
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich CD/LP/Track Review
Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich
by John Sharpe
Published: May 26, 2018
Read My Singing Fingers CD/LP/Track Review
My Singing Fingers
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 25, 2018
Read "Before Dawn" CD/LP/Track Review Before Dawn
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 30, 2018
Read "Zero" CD/LP/Track Review Zero
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 16, 2018
Read "Origin Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Origin Suite
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 5, 2018
Read "Modicana" CD/LP/Track Review Modicana
by John Sharpe
Published: January 30, 2018
Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk" CD/LP/Track Review Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 29, 2017
Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" CD/LP/Track Review You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 7, 2018