Five years ago, Ziegler founded the Quartette with the express goal of recreating the Tango classics of Piazzolla, Troilo, Pugliese and di Sarli in addition to presenting his own original compositions. Ziegler’s recorded debut with the Quartette, naturally enough titled Tango, was released to great acclaim in 2008 and was followed by a live recording last year.
The Alejandro Ziegler Quartette translates Tango by combining the precision and tradition of a Classical Tango orchestra with the improvisational swing and spontaneity of a seasoned Jazz ensemble, and their passionate hybrid is a masterstroke of arrangement and performance. To paraphrase the great Tom Waits, Tango till you’re sore.
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