Tango maestro Pablo Ziegler - the Buenos Aires-born pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango - is nominated for a Grammy for his latest release, Jazz Tango, for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Ziegler joins Lalo Schifrin and Gato Barbieri as one of the few Argentine artists ever to be nominated for a Grammy. It also marks the first time for a nuevo tango release to be acknowledged with a nomination.
On Jazz Tango, Pablo Ziegler presents his US-based trio featuring bandoneonist Hector del Curto and guitarist Claudio Ragazzi. They play three nuevo tango standards by Astor Piazzolla - whose pianist Ziegler was for many years - and seven soulful, virtuosic originals by Ziegler.
This is Ziegler's first-ever Grammy nomination, and follows a win for Best Tango Album, along with four additional nominations from 2005 to 2016, at the Latin Grammys.
"With Pablo Ziegler's new CD, "Jazz Tango," the tango lives and breathes - a common theme in Ziegler's work; to ordinary people, there seems only so much a person can do with a tango. On this release, the music moves as if it possessed its own blood and limbs, and renders the tango a sinewy and electric thing, a move that impresses old and new fans alike."
"Filled with complex moves, sensuality and drama as the strings are tapped, strummed and spliced. The dynamics rise and fall like a wave on "La Fundicion" and Old World charms are in abundance on "Elegante Canyenguito." Ziegler is misty-eyed on "Milonga Del Adios" and the team plays a game of Peek-A-Boo on the clever "Blues Porteno.""