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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: CD
  • SKU: ZM201907
  • UPC: 880956190723
  • Street Date: 08/09/19
  • PreBook Date: 07/05/19
  • Label: Zoho »
  • Genre: Latin
  • Run Time: 53 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Box Lot: 35
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


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Julio Botti - Jazz Tango Fusion: Music By Astor Piazzolla And Pablo Ziegler

Argentine J. Botti blends traditional tango with sax, electric guitar, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes piano and drums.

Julio Botti - Jazz Tango Fusion: Music By Astor Piazzolla And Pablo Ziegler
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Jazz Tango Fusion is indeed the name of this terrific album, and it's also a fitting description of its creator Julio Botti. Born in the Cordoba region of Argentina, Botti began playing the saxophone at an early age, eventually moving to the United States in 1998, where he studied with the likes of Donny McCaslin. Throughout his impressive and itinerant career, he has traveled from Cuba to Spain, learning different art forms and taking his music in new directions. His most storied recording collaborations are with maestro Pablo Ziegler, releasing "Tango Nostalgias" in 2013 (ZOHO ZM 201305) and "Sax to Tango" in 2016 (ZOHO ZM 2016057, both of which earned LATIN GRAMMY nominations for Best Tango Album.

This release showcases Botti's growth and maturity as an artist, as it juxtaposes compositions from tango masters Astor Piazzolla and Ziegler with Botti's own signature pieces. The full repertoire presents an edgy, colorful, and thoughtful reimagining of modern tango, moored both to the rhythms and tonalities found in jazz and tango. And that is the charge of Nuevo Tango - to push ahead with the music and explore new avenues with which to take the art. What's more, this album blends the traditional soundscape of tango with electric guitar, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes piano and drums, a breath of modernity.

To bring these compositions to life, Botti assembled a remarkable quartet that features him on tenor and soprano saxophone; Andrew Baird on guitar; Eduardo Withrington on keyboards; and Tiago Michelin on drums. Each bandmember sparkles with virtuosity and brilliance.

Imágenes 676 comes straight from the Piazzolla songbook, a vintage tune that many tango artists have performed over the decades. This fine arrangement by Ziegler is itself a fresh take on the composition. It lends itself well to Botti's skill as a performer, as he seamlessly plays the intricate melodies, followed by a terrific free improvisation section for the quartet.

Kabir Sehgal

Track Listing

  • Imagenes 676
  • Tango Blues
  • Libertango
  • Michelangelo '70
  • Celtic Feast
  • Chin Chin
  • Milongueta
  • Upper West
  • Melodia para Agustin

Press Quotes

A young lion of tango, the sax man has a wealth of Piazzolla and Zeigler to draw on, as well he does, but he's adding his own moves to the canon as well. With a ear cocked toward the future, he freely adds his own special sauce to the mix but he doesn't neglect the basics just to show off. A fine set that modern ears in search of sophistication as well as chops will get immediately. Well done.

     —Chris Spector, Midwest Record review 07/26/19


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