Richard Galliano

Tangaria - Milan 399 324-2

Clearly 2006 was a good year for the great accordionist. He’d just formed his brilliant Tangaria Quartet, and with mandolin player Hamilton De Holanda guesting, they wowed the audience at the Marciac jazz festival in August. September found the group in Sao Paulo and, again with stunning contributions from De Holanda, they recorded Luz Negra. It’s actually the contents of that album that you get here, plus ‘Tango Pour Claude’ and ‘New York Tango’, which opened and closed the Live In Marciac 2006 album. Great as the studio tracks are, the live cuts have something special, and I’d have liked more of them. But if you’re new to Galliano, start here.

Sound Quality: 85%