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Pablo Ziegler Trio: Jazz Tango (Zoho)

Review of album by Argentinian pianist and composer

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Cover of Pablo Ziegler Trio album Jazz Tango on Zoho
Cover of Pablo Ziegler Trio album Jazz Tango on Zoho

Titles don’t get more to the point than this one: Jazz Tango is where the Argentinian pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler has, in a sense, always resided, but perhaps he’s never stated his case quite so succinctly before. This release won the Grammy (Ziegler’s second) for Best Latin Jazz Album earlier this year.

Jazz Tango features Ziegler’s trio, bandoneon player Hector Del Curto and guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, performing seven songs by the leader and three by Astor Piazzolla, the late tango master in whose employ Ziegler remained for more than a decade. Both Ziegler and his predecessor are customarily associated with the term Nuevo Tango, and by melding the traditions of classic tango with the improvisational openness of jazz, Ziegler certainly moves the former style forward.

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