Monday, October 5, 2009

Jazz Meets Classical

A problem with the audio/video sync is not enough to sink this most enjoyable performance of Nightclub 1960 by Andrea Candeli and Alessio Menconi. Candeli is one of the best young classical guitarist in Italy and Menconi matches him as the best young jazz guitarists in Italy. Both have toured extensively and have ten CD's between them, although they have never recorded together. That needs to change.

Nightclub 1960 is the third movement of the Histoire du tango series which Piazzolla wrote for flute and guitar. Candeli, the classical guitarist, plays the part for guitar as scored by Piazzolla. Menconi, the jazz guitarist, plays the flute part - it's all there but so are some smooth jazz riffs, always in keeping with the spirit of the composition. I have heard many different combinations of instruments used in the Histoire series but this is the first classical guitar/steel string, amplified guitar duo I have ever heard. It is an imaginative combination and in the hands of these two fine musicians, it is very fine listening.

I hope someday they will video a similar performance and have better luck with the audio/video synchronization. And as long as they are together, how about a full album of Piazzolla? They do have a joint MySpace page, so perhaps plans are being made.

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