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Daniel Tarrab

CD Review: Daniel Tarrab “Otra Mirada”

Daniel TarrabArtist: Daniel Tarrab
Title: Otra Mirada
Label: Silva Screen Records
Genre: Tango
Music available from: Silva Screen Records; Amazon; Spotify

Review by Fiona Mactaggart

Buenos Aires based, award winning film composer and double bassist Daniel Tarrab composed, conducted and played on this short (25 mins) but sweet album of tangos, Otra Mirada (meaning Another Look). Composed for tango trio and channeling maestro Astor Piazzolla, esteemed bandoneonista Nestor Marconi is prominent throughout. However, Tarrab (double bass and piano) with Pablo Agri (violin) are superbly cohesive co-conspirators, further aided and abetted by sumptuous string orchestra.

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CD Review: Pablo Aslan “Contrabajo. Works For Bass and String Quartet”

Pablo AslanArtist: Pablo Aslan
Title: Contrabajo
Label: Soundbrush Records
Genre: nu-tango/contemporary music/jazz
Available on: cdbaby, Discogs, itunes, Amazon and major streaming sites

Review by Fiona Mactaggart

This uplifting and luminescent new album from Argentinian born, Brooklyn based double bassist Pablo Aslan, is a real find.

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Concert Review: Beyond Django – Les Violons de Bruxelles and Rose Room

Date: February 2, 2019
Venue: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
Review by Fiona Mactaggart

The inaugural three-day long Thrill festival of Belgian and Scottish jazz, opened on this winter night with an uplifting evening entitled “Beyond Django”.

 Les Violons De Bruxelles First up were guests, Les Violons De Bruxelles (LVDB) led by inestimable Belgian Manouche virtuoso violinist, guitarist and singer, Tcha Limberger. Mirroring iconic 30s Quintette du Hot Club de France, but using just one guitar (played with brio by Renaud d’Ardenne), two violins (Limberger and Renauld Crols), a viola (Alexandre Tripodi) and a double bass (Hungarian Vilmos Csikos), their sound gave all respect to Django Reinhardt but in no way sounded dated.

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Oytun Ersan

CD Review: Oytun Ersan “Fusiolicious”

Oytun ErsanArtist: Oytun Ersan
Title: Fusiolicious
Label: Self-Produced
Genre: Funk-heavy Jazz Fusion
CD available on: CDBaby, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Tidal, Google Music Store, and major streaming sites.

Review by Fiona Mactaggart

In all seriousness, fasten your seatbelts for bassist Oytun Ersan’s high energy, sometimes Zappa-reminiscent, funk-heavy jazz fusion new release Fusiolicious. It’s a blast, and you may need a lie down after.

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