CD Tango [Stockholm Jazz Orchestra] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 645179),
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Tango [Stockholm Jazz Orchestra] [CD] [1 disc]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 525

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    This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
    Personnel includes: Fredik Norten (leader, trumpet, Carlos Franzetti (arranger, conductor); Gustavo Bergalli (trumpet); Juan-Jose Mosalini (bandoneon).
    Recorded at Sveriges Radio Studio 4, Stockholm, Sweden on January 25-29, 1999.
    This is the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra's salute to tango, which demonstrates, once again, that the only boundaries in jazz are theoretical. This is a superb group of musicians, and arranger Carlos Franzetti has managed to evoke the classic, sinuous rhythms of tango with soulful, atmospheric jazz arrangements that suggest a deep admiration for Gil Evans. "La Ultima Curda" is especially reminiscent of Evans' legendary Sketches of Spain collaboration with Miles Davis. While the inclusion of the traditional, accordion-like bandoneon adds authentic flavor and two compositions -- the powerful "Revolutionario" and the haunting ballad "Chiquilin de Bachine" -- by tango legend Astor Piazzolla are represented, the overall sound is pure big-band jazz. And very good jazz at that: The arrangements move, change, and build, with ever-flowing lines, interesting tempo changes, and a variety of solo textures. The trumpet solos by Argentinian Gustavo Bergalli, which are featured throughout, are superb. Highlights include the above tracks as well as "El Arrastre," "Los Mareados," and "Tango Fatal," all of which convey the teasing mystery of tango expressed through the sophisticated language of jazz. The CD is also very crisply recorded in every blazing detail, using DSD technology. Lush, luscious, and unusual. ~ Judith Schlesinger

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