Fraser Fi­field / Walther E Cas­tro / Quique Si­nesi / Mono Hur­tado: In Buenos Aires

Ta­nar Records

The Scotsman - - Arts -

This in­trigu­ing and at times mag­i­cal al­bum is the re­sult of piper and whis­tle player Fraser Fi­field’s Cre­ative Scot­land-funded visit to Ar­gentina, where he col­lab­o­rated with Walther E Cas­tro, ex­po­nent of the Ar­gen­tinian ac­cor­dion – the ban­do­neon – gui­tarist Quique Si­nesi and dou­ble-bassist Mono Hur­tado. The re­sults are fas­ci­nat­ing and fre­quently lus­ciously toned. Fi­field’s whis­tle play­ing is as peer­lessly avian as ever, as in South At­lantic Seven or in three be­guil­ing but frus­trat­ingly brief im­pro­visatory fragments. Through­out the al­bum, the ban­do­neon, guitar and Hur­tado’s bass con­trast nicely with Fi­field’s play­ing. Ac­cor­dion and whis­tle sound over stealthy guitar and bass in Re­mem­brance, while Bor­der pipes shrill over rip­pling guitar in

Gaita y Ban­do­neon and pick up tempo in the in­creas­ingly an­i­mated Cor­doba

Can­ntaireachd. At times, though, some of these im­pro­vi­sa­tions sound a bit ten­ta­tive.

Jim Gilchrist

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