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by Tango Pacifico

Released 2010
Released 2010
Portland-based quintet Tango Pacifico recreates the music of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla with their own stylistic flair. This CD is a fusion of jazz, classical, latin, tango, world, and avant garde influences.
All the group’s members, including San Francisco bandoneón player Adrian Jost, veteran multifaceted guitarist John Mery and pianist Mika Sunago, have studied this music at the source. (These CD release performances will also feature soprano Janice Johnson and dancers Rebecca Rorick Smith and Mike Naus.) The quintet expertly handles the tricky rhythms and shifting imagery of “Escualo” (which mimics the darting moves of its namesake, the shark) and the title track (which means “unruly, rebellious or irreverent”). It ably captures the fervor of “Concierto Para Quinteto” and the cafe lilt of “Decarissimo” and “Fracanapa.”

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