Argentina’s loss may have been Boston and New York City’s gain when Guillermo Klein moved from his native country in 1990. But for a gentleman pianist, composer and singer whose inspirations included the plush rhythm of America’s postbop mien, Brazil’s socio-politicized Milton Nascimento, the swirling brass choruses of Duke Ellington, and the harmony of Wayne Shorter, Klein’s wild diversity seemed surprisingly misunderstood here. Since 2000, he’s lived in Buenos Aires. But that doesn’t mean he’s eschewed the influence of bop, the Duke or Shorter. The harmonies laced throughout his 11-piece ensemble and this, Klein’s sixth album, still reek of Shorter’s eccentric grace. Klein’s arrangements, even when sparse, hum with the lustrous elegance of Ellington at his haughtiest.
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