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Uplifting and luminescent Pablo Aslan's 'Contrabajo' is a real find / doobeedoobeedoo

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Chock-a-block with riches, it is highly produced yet has a very personal feeling. Most tunes are newly composed by Pablo Aslan, his teacher Gabriel Senanes (who with Aslan co-producers the project) and his friends Spanish bassist Alexis Cuadrado and US pianist Roger Davidson. Together they skillfully push the envelope as to what might come under the rubric of ‘tango'.

Throughout Pablo Aslan's double bass takes a foremost role, including taking clear lead in driving the tempo, whilst members of string Cuarteo Petrus and esteemed guests Cuban Paquito D'Rivera (clarinet) and Uruguayan bandoneonist, Raul Jaurena complete the listing of players.

Though there are no weak tracks, this reviewer relished perhaps most of all the outstanding bounty of Senanes' concerto, "Riendo Suelto". Opening with great drama, it switches suddenly to mellifluence, the intense lyricism and varying complex rhythms reminiscent of an old Hollywood soundtrack. It packs an enormous amount in to its 9 minute 34 seconds.

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