ESCUALO, Masters of Tango Violin
(Azica, Naxos 2016)
Leonardo Suarez Paz
"This is an album in which love triumphs over the ravages of time, where the phrasing flourishes beyond technique and the dense humidity of the La Plata River and perfume of jacaranda and silk floss trees prevail over the exhaust pipes of city buses. It unites and continues tradition that constantly advances, gliding towards an unpredictable future."
2x4 Radio Host
"This body of work is an almost mystical ceremony centering around a dialogue between father and son, which places great value on the music that marked epochs and united generations. Here Fernando passes the baton to his son, Leonardo, so that this chain, forged over a century ago may live on. Both will remain united forever, beyond the bond of father and son, because of the immense tradition of noble artists, who with their talent and work founded an immortal tradition.
The quintessential ones like Fernando Suarez Paz, transmit, produce, magnetize with their ineffable magic, with their mere presence. Leonardo Suarez Paz gathered this tradition and along with a group of talented artists, was able to defat time and fill these works with the magical energy of creation. Now his father's most cherished legacy is etched in fire in his hands, in his soul and in his heart.
Joining this project are great musicians who, like Leonardo, grew up listening to Fernando and to his generation. The pianist Cristian Zarate (arranger of Escualo, Clambre and La Luz de Un Fosforo), the bandoneonista Lautaro Greco, the bassists Daniel Falasca and Roberto Tormo and the drummer Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla (Astor's grandson). Osvaldo Acedo and Jorge "Portugues" De Silva and the ION Recording Studios, through which all the great artists of Argentine music have passed, were used to complete this session, unique in the present history of the genre. What is left is only to pay attention and to open the heart to this unrepeatable music."