Sunday, April 12, 2009

Planetary Alignment

On the evening of January 3rd 2009, the planets Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus were in alignment. As rare as this event was, it seemed even more unlikely to find three videos of Piazzolla on the harmonica in the space of three days. But it happened. On April 10, we had both Franco Luciani playing Oblivion and Bruno Rouillé playing Bordel 1900 and then on April 12, we have today's video of Antonio Serrano with an astonishing display of virtuosity on the harmonica.

Serrano is no stranger to the music of Piazzolla. His CD, Armonitango, is completely devoted to harmonica interpretations of Piazzolla classics. His playing as a session musician can be found on more than 20 recordings as well as playing as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Belgium and in a critically aclaimed jazz recording, En el Central with the Joshua Edelman trio. It is with that trio standing behind him that he provides the best jazz riff on Libertango I have ever heard on any instrument. Period.

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