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Friday, May 07, 2010

Tango Siempre @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Ros Stephen (vln), Bimbi Urquhart (viola), Victor Villena, Julian Rowlands (bandoneon), Jonathan Taylor (pno), Richard Price (bs), Guillermo Rozenthuler (vcl).
It's the 1930s, I'm in a downtown café in Buenos Aires. Sipping a cerveza I watch the gigolo at work. He is smooth, sleek, Satanic. His long sideburns - cut razor-sharp at his prominent cheekbones - give him a look of evil. It is a hypnotic evil of the kind women of a certain age go for.
The band plays a tango, a señora smiles, she blows smoke-rings, they drift towards him, he gives an almost imperceptible nod and they dance.
The tango - the dance of love...
I open my eyes and find I'm not in Argentina but Gateshead - Hall Two of The Sage.
The tables and the gigolo are gone but the music and the atmosphere remain.
In truth, despite the publicity machine, the jazz content in tonight's performance is minimal. However, it is still an enjoyable evening and South America doesn't seem very far away. Tango Siempre capture the mood perfectly and thoroughly deserved the warm applause from the appreciative audience.
Muchos gracias.
Lance

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