New Tango No. 3: Attraction

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 3 is about the power of attraction.

The first draft of the tune was a fairly conventional minor blues. However, as more ideas came to me the music evolved, parts of it were changed, and a tango spirit emerged. When I heard it in my mind as a tango everything fell into place. One of the unusual things about this piece is the first 2 bars of the melody (with a stop time break) are not used for solos. This enables the stop time to not become overused. The minor blues framework of this tango is more apparent in the the solo section.


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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