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Pablo Aslan Quintet: Piazzolla in Brooklyn and the Rebirth of Jazz Tango

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In 1959, according to the liner notes to Piazzolla in Brooklyn, the 38-year-old Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla, then based in New York, assembled a band and recorded an album called Take Me Dancing!, whose intent was to bridge jazz with his own favored genre. By all accounts, even his own, Piazzolla failed miserably, artistically and commercially, and he never revisited the idea.

Bassist Pablo Aslan, also originally from Buenos Aires and long a New York resident, has built a career of fusing the two worlds that his inspiration couldn’t. On this latest release, he is determined to finish the job his mentor started: Piazzolla in Brooklyn (which, title aside, was recorded in Buenos Aires) resurrects and updates the music of the long-out-of-print original, and this time it’s no flop.

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