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2011-10-11

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"It would be a mistake to pigeonhole the pianist/composer Pablo Ablanedo as a "Latin jazz artist”: the lush, complex weave of his writing for octet on the new Alegría (Fresh Sounds) has as much to do with Gil Evans as with the tangos of Ablanedo's fellow Argentine, Astor Piazzolla."
- Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

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Pablo Ablanedo Octet

Featuring: Pablo Ablanedo (Piano & composition)
Fernando Brandao (Flutes)
Phil Grenadier (Trumpet)
Daniel Ian Smith (Tenor and Soprano saxes)
Kelly Roberge (Tenor sax & clarinet)
Eric Hofbauer (Guitar)
Fernando Huergo (Bass)
Franco Pinna (Drums)
Bertram Lehmann (Percussion)

Altogether, the sound is definitely jazz but distinctively Argentinean.

Led by Argentinean composer and pianist Pablo Ablanedo, the octet uses the unusual instrumentation of flute, trumpet, two reeds, guitar, piano, bass and drums to explore jazz and classical forms through South American rhythms and styles. Cross-pollating Argentinean Tango, Zamba and Chacarera with the jazz lineage of Bill Evans and Gil Evans and following the trace of Astor Piazzolla and Egberto Gismonti, Ablanedo's compositions include extensive writing passages but ample room for the improvisational skills of his talented group of musicians. Barcelona based record label Fresh Sound New Talent released the two octet's albums "From Down There" and "Alegría". The group is on the verge of recording its new album "Recontradoble", Pablo’s third CD with his group.

In addition to his work with his own group, Ablanedo produced the album "The Sound of New York Jazz Underground" (CHOC JazzMan magazine, France) featuring two of his pieces. Paquito D'Rivera commissioned him the piece "La Procesión" to be performed with the NDR Big Band (Germany).