Sax to Tango – Julio Botti, sop. & tenor sax – Zoho
Desperate Dance – Pablo Ziegler Trio – Enja

Two terrific CDs taking us into the world of the tango.

“Sax to Tango” – Julio Botti, sop. & tenor sax/Pablo Ziegler, producer/U. of S. Denmark Sym. Orch./ Saul Zaks – Zoho ZM 2011607 [6/3/16] ****:

“Desperate Dance” – Pablo Ziegler & Quique Sinesi & Walter Castro (piano/guitar/bandoneon) – Enja Yellow Bird YEB 7755 [9/4/15] ****:

The 13 tracks of the first CD cover some of the famous tango works by such as Astor Piazzolla, Ziegler and a couple others. Julio Botti has a brilliant way of performing on his two saxes, and the rich orchestral canvas behind him is the creation of Latin Grammy-winner Pablo Ziegler. He is also heard on piano as a terrific performer of his own and the music of Piazzolla.

Of course both Oblivion and Libertango of Piazzolla are here, but so are a dozen other tangos of various sorts. This is he second collaboration of Botti, Ziegler and the Danish Symphony. Their earlier double-CD set was titled “Tango Nostalgias.”

TrackList:

1. PRIMAVERA PORTEÑO 5.12

2. INVIERNO PORTEÑO 6.13

3. NIEBLAS DEL RIACHELO 4.01

4. AÑOS DE SOLEDAD 3.40

5. FUGA Y MISTERIO 5.05

6. OBLIVION 4.03

7. ROJOTANGO 4.47

8. FLOR DE LINO 3.52

9. OTOÑO PORTEÑO 5.14

10. VERANO PORTEÑO 6.27

11. MILONGA EN EL VIENTO 5.10

12. LA RAYUELA 4.28

13. LIBERTANGO 4.57


Ziegler is considered the legitimate successor to Astor Piazzolla and the Tango Nuevo. He was pianist in many of Piazzolla’s tango quintets, and he won the Latin Grammy in 2005, with another nomination in 2008. His trio here, while a smaller sound than the Botti session, show they are masters in their field on a collection of eleven tangos. They are mostly by Ziegler, with two by Piazzolla.

TrackList:

  1. Once Again

  2. Desperate Dance

  3. Murga del Amanecer

  4. Milonga Para Grela

  5. Escualo

  6. Mahavishnu Tango

  7. Ceonexion Portena

  8. Soledad

  9. Milongueta

  10. Francanapa

—John Sunier

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