European Jazz at its finest blending Spanish roots, Nordic space and sound with one of the brightest and most talented British bands around.
Tonadas (simply meaning Tunes) is the lyrical and vibrant new quartet album from saxophonist Julian Argüelles. Drawing on his Spanish roots Argüelles has produced a gem - a beautifully warm, harmonically rich and melodic album, abundant with an elegant tone and absorbing colour.
Tonadas has everything you’d want and expect from a contemporary Jazz album, yet it surprises on another level. With shifting turns of phrase and effortlessly flowing band interplay, Argüelles’ growing status as a master composer, bandleader and creator are clear. This music is profoundly joyful and masterfully produced.
For over three decades Julian Argüelles has been at the forefront of European Jazz, working with some of its finest practitioners including musicians of the calibre of Dave Holland, John Taylor, Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Phronesis, Mike Gibbs and Carla Bley to name some. With Tonadas, Argüelles has mindfully and boldly crafted a band and composed music that further defines him as a composer and musician for the future and promises to command the attention of fans and critics alike.
5. Barrio Gótico
8. Tía Mercedes
Julian Argüelles tenor and soprano saxophones, percussion
Ivo Neame piano
Sam Lasserson double bass
James Maddren drums, percussion
Recorded by Stefano Amerio at ArteSuono, Udine, Italy in November 2017.
Mixed and mastered by Stefano Amerio in January 2018.