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Pablo Aslan - Contrabajo is dramatic, sweeping, intimate, jubilant / JWVIBE

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One of the leading figures in traditional and contemporary tango, renowned Argentine born bassist Pablo Aslan – a Grammy and Latin Grammy award nominee - has been critically touted as the "heartbeat" of an emerging jazz-tango fusion style. The multi-talented composer and artist explains that this all at once dramatic and sweeping, jubilant yet sensually intimate collection of bass/string quartet arrangements was prompted by the suggestion of bandeonist, arranger and composer Raul Jaurena - who adds his quirky, percussive accents and dreamy improvisations to the closing track "La Cumparsita."

Among the famous composers he artfully interprets are Brazilian legend Heitor Villa-Lobos, whose hypnotic "Preludio No. 1" kicks off the setand; Duke Ellington, whose "Come Sunday" is given lush, sacred reverence; and French American composer Roger Davidson, represented here by the haunting "Te Extrano Buenos Aires" and the lyrical romantic (though dark toned in spots) "Tango para Cuerdas."

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