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If
Myriam Alter
If
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Recorded by Joe Ferla at Manhattan's finest studio (Avatar), "If" is a carefully produced artistic project colored by the rare sound combination of bandoneon and clarinet. A wonderfully elegant album, "If" radiates with su...  more »

      
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All Artists: Myriam Alter
Title: If
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Enja Justin Time
Release Date: 3/25/2003
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 068944330324

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Recorded by Joe Ferla at Manhattan's finest studio (Avatar), "If" is a carefully produced artistic project colored by the rare sound combination of bandoneon and clarinet. A wonderfully elegant album, "If" radiates with subtle melancholia and gripping melodicism.

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Tango for those who don't like tango . . .
Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 05/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

". . . as well as for those who love it.Me?I'm somewhere in the middle. I've got a number of Dino Saluzzi discs (four, at least). I've listened to quite a bit of Astor Piazzola . . . . . . but I'm really more taken by less rigid, freer bandoneon music, such as Egberto Gismonti plays on his sanfona. Yet there's something absolutely mesmerizing about this music. Partly, I think, because it's probably not "real" tango. And that's what makes it so special.What it is, is some weird amalgam of tango and Sephardic stylings, with a few other world musics neatly woven in, and all of it morphed into a Downtown NY kinda vibe. Entirely apropos, given composer Alter's background in classical, Judeo-Spanish, Oriental, South American, and Latin jazz, as well as the killer multi-generational and -cultural band--Dino Saluzzi, bandoneon; the great Kenny Werner, piano; John Ruocco (a name unfamiliar to me, but an astounding player), clarinet; Greg Cohen, bass; and Joey Baron, drums. One could hardly ask for a more hip, flexible, and giving band.Tango can often (to these ears, at least) be too static. Not here. There's a very attractive slooow burn happening all over this disc, a pent-up, restless energy that drives and pushes and cajoles the proceedings forward with manic though managed force. Certainly this represents, at the very least, the finest playing by Dino Saluzzi on disc (which is saying quite a lot). Controlled frenzy, I'd call it. This music dances and cavorts in a most beguiling and enticing fashion. Each of these brilliant players entirely gives himself to the magical vibe going down, resulting in world-jazz of the highest order.Perhaps the most exciting and revelatory tango-based music on the planet. Easily recommended."
If you like Astor Piazzolla...
MPC | Addis Ababa | 05/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this group perform this music in a concert a couple weeks ago (April 1003). It was wonderful! The music is reminiscent of Astor Piazzolla's new tango - darkly romantic, dramatic, and constantly changing. I ordered the CD right away and was/am not disappointed. It's beautiful music performed w/spirit and gusto by a group of virtuosos, and it's very well recorded."
Straight Chillin'
ioannis | 07/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I heard a couple tracks off this CD on internet radio and was blown away. While I admit that I'm fairly new to the jazz scene, I found the predominent accordian throughtout this CD was something that I've haven't heard all that often in modern jazz, especially not with this degree of skill and sophistication. The entire CD is mellow and great for any occasion. I highly recommend this CD-- and, if you dig this and are into downtempo, Gotan Project is an electronic "equal" worth a listen. Get this CD, a favorite bottle of wine, and some good company!"