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Argentinean acoustic jazz guitarist Gabriel Szternsztejn is flat-out incredible. It's easy to hear from the first strains of the opening track "Tan Bien" that Szternsztejn enjoys teasing together complex polyrhythms with melodies that soar contagiously from the heart.Read More...
He's been blessed to fall in with musical partners who share the talent to complete Szternsztejn's intricate musical vision: Alejandro Lamothe is on second guitar, Victor Shorupski on soprano sax, Mario Herrerias and Gustavo Rivero Boschi on piano, Santiago Vazquez and Chulo Sarno on percussion, synthesizer programmers Gustavo Sadofschi and Sergio Liszewski, and Alan Ballan and Fabian Martin on bass.
Many of Szternsztejn's compositions are characterized by dreamy open-string minor and modal reflections similar to the compositions of John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner, but often progress to become paradoxically inflected with a celebratory Brazilian exultation. "Tanto Tiempo" is tinged such from the start, a fiery bit of exuberance made more suspenseful by the stop-and-start of Szternsztejn's mastery of pasting together unusual cadences. Many jazz fans, upon hearing a blindfold test of "Remar" would identify the Pat Metheny Band.
Unfortunately, Szternsztejn's virtuosity is matched only by his obscurity. Should the world be truly attuned to rewarding talent, Szternsztejn will be quickly known.
Alan Fark - http://www.minor7th.com/m7_2_03.html#Szternsztejn%20