Roger Davidson: Si Loin de Toi


Si Loin de Toi


Roger Davidson (piano)


Pasión por la Vida (Soundbrush 1015)

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Roger Davidson (piano),

Raul Jaurena, bandoneon


Recorded: New York City, 2008


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

The versatile Davidson's third album of tangos is the first to feature exclusively his own compositions. It also reunites him with world-class bandoneonist Raul Jaurena, who appeared on Davidson's 1995 Mango Tango. The tangos heard here will probably appeal a bit more to tango traditionalists than to those listeners who favor Astor Piazzolla's more intense "nuevo tango" approach, given their controlled lyricism and refined emotional impact.

"Si Loin de Toi" is the only one of the CD's 18 tracks without a Spanish title (Davidson was born in Paris, but raised in the U.S.), and is described as "a tune about longing for someone you love who is very far away." It is also the longest and one of the most striking performances on the recording. Davidson begins with ominous chords that are soon replaced by the wistfully yearning melody, supported by Jaurena's concordant long tones. Davidson's glowing sound enriches the beautiful theme. Jaurena then takes the lead, playing with great feeling and subtle craftsmanship as he evokes the master Piazzolla himself. The twosome then join together to intimately harmonize the theme, while also individually embellishing certain phrases.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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