Monday, February 23, 2009


"Kicho" was Enrique Díaz, a contrabass player who had an extended role with Piazzolla and Kicho is also the name of the piece featured in today's blog. "Kicho" was in Anibal Troilo's orchestra with Piazzolla and was a member of Piazzolla's first quintet and, later, the nonet. Piazzolla wrote the featured piece for "Kicho" and it was first recorded in 1970 on the classic "Piazzolla en el Regina" with "Kicho", of course, on the contrabass.

I have highlighted Kicho today because it is not a frequently performed Piazzolla work. I prefer the piece in its original scoring for quintet (an approximation here) but this one is still interesting and shows the challenge the piece offers to the contrabass player, in this case Slovakian musician, Samo Alexander.

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