Dino Saluzzi/Anja Lechner: Ojos Negros (ECM/Ode)

 |   |  <1 min read

Dino Saluzzi/Anja Lechner: Ojos Negros
Dino Saluzzi/Anja Lechner: Ojos Negros (ECM/Ode)

Argentinean bandoneon player Saluzzi (along with Astor Piazzolla) is widely and correctly credited with bringing this instrument to universal attention through his early work with jazz musicians such as Gato Barbieri.

Given his intense and often dramatic style, he also found a natural home on the ECM jazz label where he worked with the likes of Enrico Rava, Charlie Haden, Tomasz Stanko, and had his own trio and quartet albums. He also appeared with the Rosemunde Quartett -- a classical outfit -- for the album Kultrum in the mid 90s which showcased the chamber music aspect of Saluzzi's compositions outside of the folk/tango he was best known for.

With violoncello player Lechner of that quartet, Saluzzi here again writes poised, evocative and romantic pieces which have references in folk and slow, sad tango, but also allow room for improvisation.

There is deep, intellectual romanticism at work here which can at times be darkly introspective and melancholy (the moving, eight-minute Esquina) but equally be joyously celebratory and uplifting.

The combination of the two instruments allows for considerable emotional colour and the recording of this collaboration (they have played as duo for six years now) is an ECM milestone.

It can be intense, but it is also filled with palpable human emotion.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz at Elsewhere articles index

PHILIP LARKIN ON JAZZ: The poet laureate of swing

PHILIP LARKIN ON JAZZ: The poet laureate of swing

Because we listen to the jazz of the Thirties and Forties at such an emotional distance, it is almost impossible for the 21st century, iPod-carrying, cool post-modernist to feel something --... > Read more

JOE LA BARBERA PROFILED: Counting the beats

JOE LA BARBERA PROFILED: Counting the beats

For some reason - perhaps because they work in a loud profession - you expect drummers to shout. Few do, and while Joe La Barbera may have started his career in the appropriately named... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Little Feat; Original Album Series (Rhino)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Little Feat; Original Album Series (Rhino)

In a recent conversation with American guitarist David Becker -- who plays here next month -- he mentioned how the internet had made the whole of popular music history available to younger people.... > Read more

Otis Rush: All Your Love (1958)

Otis Rush: All Your Love (1958)

One of Eric Clapton's most definitive and distinctive early statements was his cover of this song by the great Otis Rush, which appeared on the John Mayall Blues Breakers album of '65. You can... > Read more