Julian Curwin: “The Mango Balloon”
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Led by multi-instrumentalist Julian Curwin and buoyed by a healthy eclecticism, The Tango Saloon is a Western-, Gypsy-, and jazz-inflected tango juggernaut.
The Mango Balloon is Curwin’s exploration of this material as a chamber set, providing a glimpse into the band’s quieter moments. With klezmer intricacies, accordion and guitar movements engage in a close-knit dance on the title track; elsewhere, Spanish guitar rhythms join a melancholic trumpet touched by counter melodies. The songs give better access to their players’ unique voices, in arrangements centering on more isolated compositional elements.