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Album Review

Although Argentinean-born jazz pianist Carlos Franzetti is well-versed in both South American and Cuban styles, don't think of Mambo Tango as strictly a Latin recording. Sticking exclusively to solo piano for this session, his take of "Have You Met Miss Jones" could easily be mistaken for one of the neo-bop players who emerged during the 1980s and 1990s, with inventive improvisations against a walking irregular bassline. It is surprising that relatively few pianists have recorded Gary McFarland's moving "Gary's Waltz," a favorite of the late Bill Evans, who played and recorded it numerous times. But Franzetti's approach is less dramatic and alters the melody in a subtle, infectious way that is far removed from Evans' interpretation. He also tackles Evans' popular "Waltz for Debbie," shading it with an Erroll Garner-like bouncing rhythm for a time against his dazzling improvising in the upper keyboard. Franzetti's originals are equally of interest. His delightful "Mambo Tango" combines the two styles in a masterful performance, while "Milonga del Adios" is a bittersweet Latin ballad that deserves to have lyrics. To wrap this top-notch CD, Carlos Franzetti offers a tantalizing, deliberate setting of Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)." Highly recommended.


Born: June 3, 1948 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Argentinean-born Carlos Franzetti started attending piano classes at a very young age. He studied composition after moving to Mexico in 1970. After graduating from New York's Juilliard School, Franzetti became a director. During the following years, Carlos Franzetti worked along with Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Farrell, Mercedes Sosa, and Chaka Khan, among other talented artists, composing the soundtracks for Beat Street, Misunderstood, and the Mambo Kings and arranging for the Boston Pops...
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Mambo Tango (Bonus Track Version), Carlos Franzetti
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Aug 11, 2009

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