Composer, arranger, and world-class bandoneon player Dino Saluzzi was born in 1935 in Campo Santo, Argentina, the son of multi-instrumentalist and composer Cayetano Saluzzi, and spent his childhood in Buenos Aires, where he was a member of the Orquestra Estable at Radio el Mundo. By the age of 14 he was already leading his own bands (his first was Trio Carnival) and by the 1980s he had developed his unique bop-inflected and decidedly postmodern approach to the tango, an approach that has him artfully straddling the musical past, present, and future with casual yet acute balance. For all his association with the international avant-garde, Saluzzi still maintains his allegiance to the regional folk traditions of his youth, and that connection gives his sometimes fragmented compositions an uncommon center of gravity. Saluzzi's lengthy discography includes the albums Kultrum, Once Upon a Time -- Far Away in the South (both from 1985), Volver (1986), Andina (1988), Argentina (1990), Mojotoro (1991), Rios (1995), Cite de la Musique (1997), Senderos (2005), Juan Condori (2006), and Ojos Negros (2007), most of which were released on the ECM imprint.
Mesmer would be proud. This album presents Saluzzi's bandoneon without accompaniment, unlike most of his recent work performed in a large or small group. The pieces are all cut of the same cloth and show a surprising sensitivity and what might be called 'songfullness'. Definitely worth having for those times when listening is on your agenda, and you can give your full attention. Best in the dark, on a quiet evening.
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