New Tango No. 5: Audaciousness

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 5 is about laying aside feelings of hesitation and being bold (or audacious) in the spirit of tango.

New Tango No. 5 has a number of unusual features. Harmonically, only minor 9th and major 7th chords are used and the chord progression has unusual relationships. Structurally, the piece has a 24-bar form: The A section is 14 bars and the B section is 10 bars. There is quite a bit of shifting time in this piece. Time becomes elastic. Phrases expand and contract. This gives a fluid movement to the music.


from Tangos, released July 28, 2019
Roger Aldridge, composer
Keith Calmes, guitar


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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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