Friday, March 13, 2009

Mellow Jazz: Jacinto Chiclana

For some reason, there has been a burst this week of jazz flavored performances of Piazzolla's music. They have arrived in a variety of styles from the frenetic to the mellow. My personal tastes run to the mellow and the video below is one of the finest mellow jazz treatment of Piazzolla I have ever heard. The piece is early Piazzolla, Jacinto Chiclana. It is played by an Argentine group called "Cuarteto Rio de la Plata" and represents a cut from their new, about-to-be-issued CD titled "Los chicos del tango - Brescia." The video was recorded at jazz club Jazzonlive in Brescia, Italy. I find little information about this group on the web but they are fine musicians (2 Argentine, 1 German, 1 French) who play extremely well together. I hope the music from their new CD makes it to iTunes.

They have posted a number of cuts from the CD on YouTube. This is the only one featuring music of Piazzolla but the other cuts are well worth a listen. You can find the others here.

If your taste runs more toward the frenetic, I would recommend this jazz version of Verano Porteño by the Mario Parmisano Trio which was posted yesterday.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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