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Astor Piazzolla


Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla was born on March 11, 1921 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, only child of Vicente “Nonino” Piazzolla and Asunta Mainetti. In 1925, the family relocates to New York City until 1936 with a brief return to Mar del Plata in 1930. In 1929, when Astor is 8 years old, his father gives him his first bandoneon which he had bought at a pawn shop for 19 dollars. Astor studies the bandoneon for one year with Andrés DÁquila and he makes his first record, Marionette Spagnol; a phonograph disk (non commercial) at the Radio Recording Studio in New York on 11/30/1931. In 1933 he studies with the Hungarian pianist Bela Wilda, disciple of Rachmaninov, and of whom Astor would later say “With him I learned to love Bach”


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Emilio Solla: The Chemistry of Music

Read "Emilio Solla: The Chemistry of Music" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Emilio Solla is an Argentinian, New York-based pianist and composer who mixes classical, jazz, and tango idioms. He has received two Grammy nominations and won a Latin Grammy Award for Puertos: Music From International Waters (Avantango Records, 2019). He has recorded eleven albums as a bandleader and more than forty music projects in different capacities.


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Ben Thomas: Eternal Aporia

Read "Eternal Aporia" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

For some people, tango means the dance with a stereotypical red rose between the teeth. For Ben Thomas, a percussionist and bandoneonist from Seattle, tango is much more than that: it has been an important part of his life for at least fifteen years before the 2022 release of Eternal Aporia. The album includes twelve of ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo sia l'aspetto melodico. Almeno per ora... La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La sincerità musicale, il coraggio di mostrare le proprie idee e non essere compiacenti. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice


Article: Album Review

Dave Hartl: "Tales from the Plague"

Read ""Tales from the Plague"" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Dave Hartl “Tales of the Plague" Self-Produced 2021 Dave Hartl stretches his prowess on keyboards and many other instruments across several different ensembles in and around Philadelphia, PA: A quartet supporting a vocalist, a Linda Ronstadt tribute/review, a jazz-funk group (Musical Collusion, which also includes saxophonist ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Monsters from the Jazzlab

Read "Monsters from the Jazzlab" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Rodrigo Almonte Distancia Odradek Records 2021 “Every piece of music on Distancia is an honest representation of a pilgrimage of different distances that I had to walk, musically and geographically speaking, in order to find inspiration and to create a representation of myself as a musical ...


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James Kitchman: First Quartet

Read "First Quartet" reviewed by Chris May

In the pen portrait of London-based guitarist James Kitchman which is included on the website of his record label, Ubuntu Music, Kitchman singles out the five jazz musicians who have most inspired his playing. Four of them are saxophonists John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins and guitarists John Scofield and Bill Frisell--titans all, frequently cited as influences ...


Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...


Article: Live Review

Ethno Port 2021

Read "Ethno Port 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ethno Port Zamek Culture Centre Poznań, Poland September 3-5, 2021 The 2021 Ethno Port was much closer to the festival's accustomed scale, although still with a limited audience size. There were also no freebie outdoor performances in front of the Zamek castle-palace, although this was due to the ...


Article: Album Review

Bo Van de Graaf: Off the Record: Eccentric Music for Audio Hunters

Read "Off the Record: Eccentric Music for Audio Hunters" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

ToonDist is a Netherlands-based consortium of small independent labels distributing the creative and improvised music of their country. Founded in 2002, ToonDist is often the point of departure for unknown labels such as No Can Do Music and Pingo, and emerging ones like TryTone and Evil Rabbit. The closest ToonDist comes to “convention" may be the ...


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