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Hans Glawischnig: Nuevo Latin

Hans Glawischnig

Hans Glawischnig has immersed himself in Latin-jazz, yet the rubric provides an inadequate description of his music. The Austrian bassist preserves the rhythmic elements, but abandons the static harmony that characterizes the Afro-Cuban tradition. Indeed, count Glawischnig among the musicians who continue to push Latin-jazz under the ever-widening umbrella of postbop.

“I feel like I’ve been lucky to participate in the whole expansive process of opening up the idiom,” he said in January at a diner in New York’s garment district. “It may be with odd time signatures or expanded compositions or harmonically. That’s another thing that really attracted me-the room for growth in that whole [genre].”

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