“EasternEuropean, Tango, Balkan, Spaghetti-Western, Gypsy, Vaudeville, Theatre, Blues, Zappa meets Trad Jazz and to top it off Punk and Poetic. On the Stoop are the quirkiest group and this is the most eccentric album I’ve heard in years.”
Any band that describes itself as experimental tango meets spaghetti western with a dose of film score, rock, pop, gypsy, jazz and electronica thrown in for good measure is going to grab my attention. The Tango Saloon makes music that…
Artist/s: Julian Curwin (guitars/piano/melodica), Marcello Maio (accordion/piano), Sam Golding (trumpet/tuba), Mark Harris (double bass), Danny Heifetz (drums), Jess Ciampa (percussion). Special guest: Matt McMahon (Rhodes).
Category: Jazz, Latin American, Spaghetti-Western, Tango, World
Label: Romero Records, distributed by Newmarket Music ROM013
Reviewed by Peter Winkler
“The Mango Balloon and the Tango Saloon projects have resulted in some excellent albums from a fascinating composer and bandleader with a group of some of Sydney’s best musicians.”
What a creative mind is that of guitarist-composer Julian Curwin. A stripped–back version of the group entitled The Tango Saloon, The Mango Balloon plays Curwin’s haunting pieces with disarming directness. The music is unpretentious, consisting of appealing melodies drifting over…