Sax To Tango' (Zoho Music) is the second time around for Argentine saxophonist Julio Botti and arranger/pianist/composer/producer Pablo Ziegler on this lush project that also has Saul Zaks conducting The University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra on nine by Astor Piazzola [1921-1992], three by Ziegler and a traditional waltz, and you've got one sumptuous romantic hour-plus.
Guitarist/composer John Hart spent 30 years in Brooklyn where he met bassist Bill Moring and drummer Tim Horner. The three reconvene on Hart's 'Exit from Brooklyn' (Zoho Music) for their fourth trio outing since 2000 on a beautiful 10-track project.
There's no way Arturo O'Farrill's Latin Jazz Orchestra will prepare you for this! 'Boss Level' (Zoho Music) by the Arturo Farrill Sextet is a staunchly bebopping 10-track manifesto recorded after they performed for a solid week at Birdland in New York City to hone their seemingly telepathic chops. Of course, pianist Arturo-son of the great Chico O'Farrill-has been jamming with the trumpeter (Adam) and the drummer (Zack) of this sextet forever. They're both his sons. With three O'Farrills amid the ghost of Grandpa Chico smiling, this is more than just a family affair. It's a whole 'nother O'Farrill level. 'Boss Level.'
Thirty years in, Trio Da Paz is still making memorable experiments within Brazilian samba and bossa nova. Their seventh CD, and first for Zoho Music, is a melting pot of cultural influences, from gypsy jazz and bebop to third stream and free improvisation. The sounds they get from just guitar, bass and drums are, in a word, magic.