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Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos: Live in Barcelona

Klein, a native Argentinean who paid his dues in New York in the ’90s, is now living in Barcelona, where this album was recorded during last year’s Barcelona Jazz Festival. His writing for the 11-piece ensemble is highly intellectualized, with evasive key centers, shifting tempos, hypnotic percussive stretches, punctuated by fascinating trumpet and tenor “conversations.” (Unfortunately there’s no order of soloists; their efforts remain uncredited.) That interplay peaks in “Chucaro,” assumes a series of jaunty echoes in “El Espejo” and becomes delightfully contrapuntal in “La Ultima.”

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