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When most people think of the accordion, jazz isn't the first style of music that comes to mind - maybe polka, zydeco, conjunto or a bar mitzvah band, but not jazz.
In the hands of Manny Bobenrieth, the accordion is definitely a jazz instrument. Bobenrieth, a Chilean now based near Washington, D.C., earned the first-ever degree in music performance on accordion from Catholic University, and his first CD release, Tangata , proves him to be a true virtuoso on the often maligned instrument.
The album focuses on the music of Astor Piazzolla, the Argentinean tango master, whose music has previously been interpreted by jazz artists like Gary Burton, Charlie Byrd and Phil Woods, as well as by the Kronos Quartet. Piazzolla is the perfect vehicle for Bobenrieth and his fine sextet of accordion, piano, vibes, guitar, violin and bass. The ensemble moves adroitly through eight of Piazzolla's richly romantic, multi-textured compositions, plus two by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Cole Porter's "I Love You, Samantha." The group interplay is exceptional, the arrangements complex and exciting, and the whole album has a lush, tropical feel. And the players deliver plenty of the emotion that is at the heart of the tango - passion.
Bobenrieth takes his place at the head of the pack of jazz accordionists; more importantly, he's delivered an album of memorable music that bodes well for his future.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com