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Dino Saluzzi/Anja Lechner: Ojos Negros

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I discovered Dino Saluzzi late, in 1999, on Tomasz Stanko’s From the Green Hill. The instrumentation included two horns, violin, bass and drums. In Stanko’s post-modern jazz context, the injection of Saluzzi’s bandoneon, with its grainy texture, its complex colors and its yearning poignance, was a revelation.

An entire album of Saluzzi accompanied only by a classical cellist is a very different experience. For those who have heard Saluzzi only in cameo roles, it provides an hour-long immersion in his uniquely affecting voice. But it is music for people who can find beauty in the shadows and twilights of longing.

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