CARLA CAMPOPIANO TRIO – CHICAGO/BUENOS AIRES CONNECTION

The Argentinian-born Carla Campopiano has been an important part of the Chicago tango scene since 2015. The flutist has also been exposed to jazz and blues, resulting in her leaving her tango performances open to the improvising and chance taking spirit of jazz. On this album she has been joined by acoustic guitarist Angel Collacilli and percussionist Gustavo Cortiñas Fouilloux, and they take the listener on a wondrous ride through multiple musical areas, yet all with a South American lilt. With just one song containing bass, the whole album feels different from the offset, as it is just the flute, acoustic guitar and drums interacting and responding to the melodies being delivered by Carla. There are times when Angel takes the fore, but for the most part he is there with Gustavo to provide the perfect support.

I have long been a fan of the flute, in all forms of music, and even tried to play it for a while in my youth, and to hear it in the hands of a master of the instrument is an absolute delight. With jazz, blues, tango and so much more being wrapped into a glorious collage of sound, this album is a summery delight which should be in the collection of all good music lovers.

7/10 Kev Rowland

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