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Pablo Ziegler Quartet and Nestor Torres in "Tango Meets Jazz" at Jazz Standard

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Pablo Ziegler Quartet: Tango Meets Jazz
(Ziegler Website)
(See August 6, 2002 Interview with Pablo Ziegler)
(See CD Review of Bajo Cero)
(See December 2, 2005 Review)

Pablo Ziegler, Piano
Hector del Curto, Bandoneón
(Hector del Curto Website)
Pedro Giraudo, Bass
(See CD Review of Mr. Vivo)
Claudio Ragazzi, Guitar
and
Guest Artist: Nestor Torres on Flute and Vocals
(Nestor Torres Website)

At
Jazz Standard
(Jazz Standard Website)
116 East 27th Street, NYC
212.576.2232

Produced by Stratta/Philips Productions
Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta
(Stratta/Philips Website)



Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 30, 2007


Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta have once again produced an innovative and sparkling series of fused Tango and Jazz at New York’s Jazz Standard, with new guest artists each year. Tonight’s guest artist, flautist Nestor Torres, appeared with the “regular” tango quartet for this series: Pablo Ziegler on piano, Hector del Curto on bandoneón, Claudio Ragazzi on guitar, and Pedro Giraudo on bass. The ensemble was introduced with warmth and pizzazz by Producer, Pat Philips.

Ziegler’s composition, “La Fundicion”, brought the quartet, and especially Ziegler, into an intense, staccato-driven, eerie, creeping melody, slowly melting into deep, dark chords. The second piece, however, was Ziegler’s upbeat milonga (fast tango), “Otra Vez Milonga”, with a strong piano lead and tiny percussive effects on Ragazzi’s guitar, which soon seized the theme, building into frenzied dance fantasy.

Ziegler’s “Milonga del Adiós” was introduced on solo piano, with a hint of guitar, in a melancholy, soulful mood. The music fell to a bare whisper as del Curto expertly drew out its angst on his expansive and expanded bandoneón. In fact, Hector del Curto is considered one of the world’s finest bandoneónists, and one can see why. In this Ziegler/Piazzolla genre of Nuevo Tango, del Curto excels, with stark dissonance or buoyant harmonies. The following work, “La Muerte del Angel”, by Astor Piazzolla, drove Ziegler up and down the keyboard and to the inside strings, as well. Del Curto joined with pulsating, urgent bandoneón chords, rapid, sharp, and edgy, fusing the piano to these exotic enhancements. The atonality was striking.

When Nestor Torres joined the quartet, for Piazzolla’s “Fuga y Misterio”, his flute soared with color and charisma. Ragazzi’s guitar effects merged into Ziegler’s chords and Torres’ songbird qualities. Del Curto wove driven dynamics to Piazzolla’s mesmerizing theme. Seamlessly, Ziegler’s music resembled the pulse of a chugging train. Piazzolla’s “Milonga Triste” was next, and Nestor Torres took the microphone and sang the poignant lyrics. He had explained that the song was about a kiss and then loss. The music was enveloping and emotional, with Torres presenting smooth, clear vocals, with lovely musicality and tone. Ziegler slowed his performance to match the vocals, while showcasing his extraordinary talent in piano improvisations.

Piazzolla’s “Libertango” ended this third and final set for the evening, and del Curto was featured in this contagious, riveting music. He drew his bandoneón wide and raced about the instrumental buttons with expertise and enthusiasm. Pedro Giraudo, on bass, provided the rhythms and depth necessary for such a successful set. Mr. Giraudo performs in many genres, and he has his own big band, as well. With his rich bass embellishments and background tempos, the music was enriched and emboldened. Kudos once again to Philips and Stratta for a memorable “Tango Meets Jazz” series.



Pablo Ziegler on Piano
Hector Del Curto on Bandoneón
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Del Curto
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pedro Giraudo on Bass
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Claudio Ragazzi on Guitar
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pablo Ziegler and Hector Del Curto
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Claudio Ragazzi
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pedro Giraudo and Claudio Ragazzi
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pablo Ziegler and Hector Del Curto
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Claudio Ragazzi
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Nestor Torres on Vocals
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Nestor Torres on Flute
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Hector Del Curto, Nestor Torres, Pedro Giraudo
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net