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Pablo Ziegler & Metropole Orkest: Amsterdam Meets New Tango
2013: Zoho Music

Pablo Ziegler on Piano
Quique Sinesi on Guitar
Walter Castro on Bandoneón
Quintino Cinalli on Percussion and Cajón
Jules Buckley, Metropole Orkest Conductor


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 10, 2013

This CD is a totally thrilling fusion of new jazz, new tango, and entirely new concepts. Only Argentinean pianist-composer, Pablo Ziegler, an aficionado of Nuevo Tango, could make these edgy, melodic, dramatic, and soothing musical contrasts work so seamlessly. For this recording, Pablo brings Quique Sinesi on guitar, Walter Castro on bandoneón, and Quintino Cinalli on percussion and cajón. And, the crème de la crème of instrumental backup blendings is drawn from a full Metropole Orkest, an Amsterdam orchestra (where this recording was created in 2009), conducted by Jules Buckley.

Notable tracks:

#2 – Milonga Para Hermeto – Composed by Quique Sinesi. This danceable track opens with Quintino’s prominent percussion. It was originally conceived by Quique as an homage to Hermeto Pascoal, a Brazilian composer. The magnetic theme has Samba and Tango elements combined, and the Orkest is ablaze with brass and strings. This is a thrilling big band sound with international sophistication. Pablo, on piano, and Walter on bandoneón, keep the milonga motif meaningful.

#3 – Blues Porteño – Composed by Pablo Ziegler. Walter’s bandoneón takes on a life of its own on this track, with swirling, sumptuous orchestrations from Metropole Orkest, including brassy blues. Quique, on guitar, comes in about halfway through the track, with a stunning theme. It’s immediately apparent, at this point in my listening, that I will keep this recording close to my stereo, as it’s so full of musical revelations and nuance.

#6 – Places – Composed by Pablo Ziegler. This Ziegler composition could serve as a thematic film score, with its theatricality and suspense. Quintino opens the track on eerie percussion, accompanying Pablo’s restless piano introduction. The weaving of bandoneón, guitar, and full orchestra transports the listener to its turbulent drama.

#8 – Buenos Aires Dark – Composed by Pablo Ziegler. This inventive track is taken over by sharp percussive effects, brassy orchestrations, and innovative, orchestral jazz. After listening to this composition twice, I heard new details emerging by the moment. There were even hints of Bernstein and Robert Prince, two composers whose music is scored for ballet.

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