Category Archives: Jazz

Confusing but good, some tango nuevo

There are two bands that oddly I had not encountered until just this week, both bands are good, but they are easily confused with each other. One is called Trio Grande and has an album called Quadro Nuevo (Remixed). The other is a band called Quadro Nuevo. Both are good. It’s not all strictly tango as it’s in the extended space that is tango nuevo, jazz, klezma, reggae and latin. It is lovely stuff and eminently danceable for a modern milongueoro/a. Here are some vids:

TRIO GRANDE up first

Some of the best tracks from Trio Grande’s album Quadro Nuevo (Remixed) are not out there in You Tube land, for instance the stunningly nice La Luna – so you just have to buy the album (available through the usual large online download retailer). I am a bit pleased by that – they deserve some actual sales for their lovely original contribution to the canon.

QUADRO NUEVO up next:

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Mining tango

Those who know tango’s history, dance, culture and music will know why this music IS utterly and completely tango in many ways despite it not sounding much like what most people think is a tango. Piazzolla is tango’s greatest classical orchestra list, the flute is one of tango’s earliest instruments now seldom used in tango, and the tango owes something to flamenco too. Just enjoy, and if you can dance this, whatever kind of tango you do, then do!

The next video has some tango flamenco crossover, but is more here to show some very well-danced classic tango because it is beautiful to do or just watch.

International Jazz Day

For international jazz day I’d like to introduce you to a style of music called Walking Rhythm Spirituals acapella and a group from a long time ago, the Pilgrim Travellers who invented it. This is soooooooo funky! The saying goes that the devil doesn’t have all the best tunes, well Amen to that. These guys swing and sing for The King! The music might be from the 30’s and 40’s, but it feels fresh and alive.