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Guillermo Klein

Guillermo Klein

Some of the richest, most evocative and fully self-realized music made on the New York scene last year came from the pen of a brilliant young pianist-composer-arranger from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Working at tiny workshop type venues like Small’s in the West Village and the C-Note in the East Village, Guillermo Klein was able to weave dreamy and disarmingly fresh tapestries of sound with his 12-piece ensemble of young turks, many of whom were fellow students of his when he attended the Berklee College in the early ’90s.

On Los Guachos II (Sunnyside), the 29-year-old Klein shows a flair for flowing harmonies and cluster voicings that swell from elegant motifs to dramatic peaks, reflecting such disparate influences as Gil Evans, Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Wheeler, and his fellow countryman Astor Piazzolla. He also demonstrates a special affinity for groove, as heard on pulsating pieces like “Chacarrichard” and “No Name Tune,” as well as the rare ability to render simple heart-wrenching melodies, as on the haunting “Viva.”

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