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Pablo Ziegler & Quique Sinesi: Bajo Cero

- CD Reviews

Pablo Ziegler & Quique Sinesi: Bajo Cero
2003 Khaeon World Music, Inc.

Walter Castro on Bandoneón
Quique Sinesi on Guitar

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 7, 2003

This is a new and exciting CD for both Tangueros and Jazz aficionados, as it has eclectic, contemporary Tango for dance and listening enjoyment, as well as a fused Jazz interpretation of songs by Astor Piazzolla, Stamponi, Federico, Sinesi (the guitarist), Cadicamo, and, of course, Pablo Ziegler. I do not believe that I have heard live performances of Walter Castro or of Quique Sinesi with Ziegler (this is my fourth live Ziegler concert) and would warmly welcome such an opportunity.

Notable tracks:

#1 – La Rayuela (Hopscotch) – Composed by Pablo Ziegler. This piece has rapid, repetitive rhythms in a syncopated and upbeat design. It is infused with contemporary Jazz in a compelling and contrasting theme.

#4 – La Fundicion – Composed by Pablo Ziegler. This is a dramatic and tense piece that surrounds the listener with emotions, with Walter Castro's bandoneón as a prominent force. It is a good performance piece. Ziegler has created a sensation of loss and longing, through Castro's bandoneón.

#6 – Bajo Cero (Ground Zero) – Composed by Pablo Ziegler. The title piece is jazzy, moody, and melancholy. Ziegler allows Castro to take a strong lead, prior to his lightning piano elements. With dissonance and daring, Bajo Cero tugs at the emotions.

#8 – Planufer Milonga – Composed by Quique Sinesi. Sinesi begins this very contemporary combination of Tango, Jazz, and New Music with faint percussive taps, perhaps against the piano. Castro leads the theatrical piece, which is esoteric and ethereal.

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