Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jazz in the Bordello

The Histoire du tango, written for flute and guitar, is one of Piazzolla's most frequently played compositions. It is almost always played "as written" with some variation in the instrumentation - substituting a violin for the flute, maybe. Today's video is a delightfully free, very jazzy version of one movement of that Suite by the German group JuNo - a clarinet, an accordion, a contrabass and drums. Perhaps the leader of JuNo is Juri Kravets, an extremely facile Ukranian artist on the accordion, or perhaps it is Norbert Nagel, from Germany, equally facile on the clarinet - the group's title derives from their names. But one should not overlook the harmonic foundation that Berklee trained bassist, Christian Diener, provides or the "life" that is provided by drummer, Roland Duckarm. Inexplicably, Duckarm weaves from Klezmer to Latin to Lounge rhythms that really keeps your interest.

This is, by far, the best jazz version of Bordel 1900 I have ever heard. The group has also posted a video of another Piazzolla compositions, Oblivion. A very mellow, lounge jazz version which does not move me but may be just right for a rainy day.

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