New Tango No. 2: Mystery

from by Roger Aldridge

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This piece is part of a series of tango-jazz compositions. Each one explores a particular quality of the tango. Number 2 expresses a mysterious mood and has a touch of blues.

New Tango No. 2 is an unusual tango in several ways. Given that many of my tangos have shifting time, this one is entirely in 4/4. The A part is 12 bars. A distinctive feature of this section is the use of blues scales over triads. The B part is 8 bars. As a contrast, this section has a harmonic shift to minor 9th chords. The tune's 20-bar AB form is used for solos. To underscore a mysterious mood, the coda has a false ending before starting up again (repeating bars 9-11 of the A section) and leading into the real ending.


from Tangos, released July 28, 2019
Roger Aldridge, composer
Amy Leonard, violin
Jeff Knoettner, keyboards
E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar
Peter McCarthy, bass


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Roger Aldridge is primarily a jazz composer. A wide range of styles are found in his music along with a quirky sense of humor and a lyrical expression. The recordings were made by live musicians playing his written music.

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