John Book, Music For America
Visionary jazz, as it should be
Jazz. Tango. One might see those two words and assume that it would result in sounds of chaos, but far from it. Pablo Ziegler has been a part of the Amsterdam jazz scene for decades, and his knack to bring together sounds from the Latin world was not by accident, but more through appreciation. Musicians who heard him became influenced through his work, and began to shine through their interpretations of similar unions. Nonetheless, Ziegler has gained a reputation for very moving musicianship and compositions, which can be heard in Buenos Aires Report (Zoho.)
Ziegler teams up once again with Quique Sinesi (guitar) and Walter Castro (bandoneon) for music that is both bold, daring, and exhilirating. Ziegler's piano work could easily be compared to Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, or Bill Evans, but with a European asthetic he brings something unique into play. His playing comes off like a construction in the works, where the picture isn't fully seen or even visioned until each song comes to its conclusion. The way Ziegler and Sinesi work together is just great,with Sinesi's guitar work often times taking on a life of its own, complimenting what Ziegler is doing with the piano. Sinesi's own work, "Milonga Para Hermeto", sounds like either acoustic fusion or the work of an exotic dance only meant for two, it's very intense, especially as Castro starts to play passionately on the bandoneon (part of the accordion family).
There is a lot of room for improvisation and creating new ways of expression, whether it's "Buenos Aires Dark" performed in 9/4 or the slow crawl of "Muchacha de Boedo". The sounds created together can be enchanting, romantic, and very much thought provoking, the kindof music where you want to go into a listening room and cut off the rest of the world for an hour. You might get a few unknown visions after making it through this, only to move up and start it all over again.