Ojos Negros

Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner

The long-awaited album by the Argentinean bandoneon giant Saluzzi and German cellist Lechner, known both for her work with the Rosamunde Quartet and her explorations outside it. It was, for instance, Lechner’s interest in Tango Nuevo that made the ongoing Saluzzi/Rosamunde “Kultrum” collaboration possible in the mid-90s; Anja and Dino have toured widely as a duo, too. Jazz Review editor Richard Cook described one of their concerts as being “as close to perfection as any music-making I can recently recall". Essentially chamber music with inspirational roots in Argentinean traditions “Ojos Negros” puts the emphasis on Saluzzi’s finely-crafted compositions but also has a strong improvised component.

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May-April 2006, Kulturbühne AmBach, Götzis

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  • 1Tango a mi padre
    (Dino Saluzzi)
  • 2Minguito
    (Dino Saluzzi)
  • 3Esquina
    (Dino Saluzzi)
  • 4Duetto
    (Dino Saluzzi)
  • 5Ojos negros
    (Vicente Greco)
  • 6El títere
    (Dino Saluzzi)
  • 7Carretas
    (Dino Saluzzi)
  • 8Serenata
    (Dino Saluzzi)
“As close to perfection as any music-making I can recently recall”
Richard Cook, Jazz Review, on the Saluzzi/Lechner duo in concert

Chamber music with inspirational roots in Argentinean traditions: “Ojos Negros” puts the emphasis on Dino Saluzzi’s finely-crafted compositions – and adds the beautiful old tango by Vicente Greco that is the album’s title track. Interplay and improvisation also have roles to play in a recording that follows six years of duo concerts as well as ten years of collaboration between bandoneon master Saluzzi and the Rosamunde Quartet, of which cellist Anja Lechner is a founder member. They have taken their time to get this right.

A classical musician firstly, Anja Lechner’s interest in tango goes back some 25 years, when she formed a duo with pianist Peter Ludwig to play their German interpretations of the idiom. She gave her first concerts in Argentina in the early 1980s and made a point of looking for tango’s master musicians. But she first encountered Dino Saluzzi at a Munich concert where he played solo bandoneon. “He was playing a music that was really his own. When we finally began to play together I can say that I entered a new world.”

The shared work has been a gradual process of becoming freer with the material while respecting it, resulting in a very integrated music. Saluzzi praises the cellist’s commitment and stylistic independence: “Anja has become part of the music without losing her own identity. I think this is very important. She doesn’t try to imitate the tango players. She has her own sound and character, and this makes our project together culturally richer.”