Exciting jazz bass artistry Pablo Asan – CONTRABAJO: One of my first (and best) exposures to Pablo’s exciting jazz bass artistry was his performance with Roger Davidson reviewed in issue # 162, so it’s very interesting to note that this new album was released on Roger’s Soundbrush Records label… in addition to Pablo’s magical bass, you’ll also hear Pablo Saraví, violin Hernán Briático, violin Adrián Felizia, viola Gloria Pankaeva, violoncello, and special guests Paquito D’ Rivera, clarinet track 4 Raúl Jaurena, bandoneon track 10… tunes like the high-spirited “Tanguajira” will help you realize the joy that life can bring, & I can guarantee that your feet will be “itching” to get out on the dance floor.
There are some beautiful sounds woven in, under, around and through “Confluencias“… true jazz convergence, in a most exciting way, on this very unique and engaging piece of music… Pablo’s double-bass is the foundation on this flawlessly recorded tune!
I found myself listening to “Contratango” over and over again, and have no doubt you will be hitting “replay” often as well… in fact, I believe this sonic journey should be nominated for an award (and WIN).
Of the ten songs offered up, it was easy to choose my personal favorite… “Riendo Suelto” (Loose Rein) has the most movement I’ve ever heard on a bass-led group… pure brilliance; I predict you’ll be hearing this on jazz DJ rotations ’round the globe!
I give Pablo and his excellent players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this most unique sonic excursion. Get more information about Pablo on his Soundbrush Records page. Rotcod Zzaj
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