Urgentango (Digipack)
  • Emilio Solla
    Emilio Solla
  • Rodrigo G. Pahlen
    Rodrigo G. Pahlen

Rodrigo G. Pahlen & Emilio Solla

Urgentango (Digipack)

Fresh Sound World Jazz

Rodrigo G. Pahlen (harmonica), Emilio Solla (p), Guillermo Calliero (flh), Guillermo Carrizo (g), Javier Colina (b), Minino Garay (perc), Anat Cohen (cl), Chris Cheek (bs, ss), Jorge Roeder (b), Pablo Gómez Molina (perc)

Reference: FSWJ 050 CD

Bar code: 8427328425506

Album details

11: (*) Bonus Track

Rodrigo G. Pahlen (Chromatic harmonica) and Emilio Solla (piano).

Personnel on tracks # 1,2,9 & 10: Guillermo Calliero (flugelhorn on #2 & 9), Guillermo Carrizo (guitar on #1 & 2), Javier Colina (bass on #1 & 9), Minino Garay (percussion on #1 & 9).
Recorded at Estudio Sol de Sants, Barcelona, July 19, 2017

Personnel on tracks #3-8: Anat Cohen (clarinet on #3), Chris Cheek (baritone & soprano saxes on #4 & 5), Jorge Roeder (bass on #3 & 7), Pablo Gómez Molina (perc. on #5).
Recorded at Studio 42, Brooklyn, New York, November 10 & 16, 2017
(*) Recorded at la Canica Cuadrada, Barcelona, December 5, 2017

All tracks arranged by Rodrigo G. Pahlen, except #4,6 & 8 by Emilio Solla

Mixed & mastered by Patrick Petruchelli at Meloman Records Studios, Ibiza
Photos by Pablo Camacho

Produced by Rodrigo G. Pahlen
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol

Press reviews

"When jazz meets another musical genre there may be a collision, a fusion, a celebration, or an assimilation. In the case of jazz and tango there is a venerable precedent: what Jelly Roll Morton called the “Spanish tinge”. To his satisfaction at least, the rhythms of South America and to a lesser extent the West Indies were essential to jazz.

Chromatic harmonica player Rodrigo G Pahlen and pianist Emilio Solla give us an idea of what might emerge if a band of jazz musicians were invited to take over a tango club for the evening. Neither jazz fans nor strictly come-dancers would be disappointed.

Pahlen’s arrangements of all but three of the tracks – the others are by Solla, one based on someone else’s – involve eight guests variously coalescing around the two principals. The charts are divided between Latin-American and jazz composers, the latter being John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Parker, and Pat Metheny.

On Solla’s lovely ballad La Novena and Phalen’s catchy La Certeza, tango and jazz as we know them whirl together like entwined dancers themselves. The first smoulders, the latter jumps along to a piano-bass underbeat that provides Pahlen and Chris Cheek’s soprano sax with gleefully taken opportunities for exchanges that simulate such inter-weaving. On Pedro Laurenz’s Milonga De Mis Amores Solla goes mischievously Bachian.

Some pieces work better than others as tango-jazz amalgams. Hubbard’s Up Jumped Spring, for example, is reluctant to submit to tango. But that’s part of the album’s charm. The musicians head for what beckons at any given time. Pahlen’s often labyrinthine solos are not to be denied, nor are other soloists refused their place. This is tango for listeners; dancers might find some of its purely musical approach inimical, the tempo of Parker’s Segment being a chase that fans tango’s smoulder to a flame. But one never knows."

Nigel Jarrett (May 30, 2019)


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