Pablo Ablanedo

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: January 24, 1965    

Pablo Ablanedo

Pablo Ablanedo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a composer, pianist and music teacher. In 1996, he graduated with a diploma in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, where he took part in the last courses taught by the legendary trumpet player Herb Pomeroy. Pablo’s artistic development owes much to the Argentinian pianist Susana Bonora, who he has been working with since the 80’s. In 1999, he joined forces with a diverse group of Jazz players to form the Pablo Ablanedo Octet. In the decade since, the group has recorded three albums on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. From Down There (2001) and Alegría (2004) received 4 and 4½ stars, respectively, in Down Beat Magazine, and JazzMan Magazine (France) gave the multi-artist project The Sound of New York Underground (2004) its highest rating CHOC...
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There are times in the score when the music feels so lithe and delicate and tenuous that the charts feel as if they are literally angular and elastic, and the notes inhabit the musical tapestry forming a kind of shifting sand in the rhythm section. Ironically it is also this section of the ensemble that is the glue that holds all the other musical instruments together. This is especially true of the composer’s pianism that is full of rhythmic and harmonic subtlety that seems to be barely there, but at the same time forms the diaphanous fabric of the music that flows throughout the background—and sometimes the foreground—of each of the musical compositions and interpretations. There is no tango, no waltz, no chacarera, no Milonga, but all of these rhythms and forms are spectrally present throughout. In fact the music of Mr. Ablanedo seems to be written and performed in four dimensions—those that are obvious to the mind’s ear and those that are suggested and understood only by the spirit and its soul. Such is the beauty and power of this music. (5 Stars) by Raul da Gama Latin Jazz Network (Canada)

“ReContraDoble” is an impressive piece of work, a meticulously crafted album that features intriguing compositions, colourful and innovative arrangements and some excellent playing from a highly competent ensemble. It’s unmistakably Latin music but avoids all the clichés of the genre, this is Latin music played with discipline and precision rather than wild abandon and to these ears it’s all the more satisfying for that. (4 Stars) The Jazz Mann (UK)

Pablo Ablanedo es un pianista innovador y convincente al mismo tiempo, un pianista que desarrolla una paleta de colores vasta aunque sutil, huyendo de efectismos pero capaz de desarrollar sus propias composiciones con una sensibilidad que conecta al instante, una de esas figuras que deberían estar en todos los festivales a pesar de no tener una gran discográfica detrás, uno de esos artistas enormes que no llegaríamos a conocer jamás si no fuera por la globalización de Internet. By Félix Amador-GálvezJazz, ese ruido (Spain)

The album shows a mature composer, who creates wonderfully personal expressions while leaving ample room for the improvisational identities of his band members. There’s a deep rooted sense of tradition within the music that is balanced by a forward looking feeling; this is some powerful stuff worth hearing. By Chip Boaz, The Latin Jazz Corner (US)

Everything Pablo Ablanedo does sounds Big. And Ablanedo makes the achievement of the epic appear effortless. His songs have a persona that present themselves as music of a noble grandeur, of music that attains great heights with a graceful ease and a fluid motion. As such, his newest recording,ReContraDoble, elicits thrilling shifts in anticipation, encapsulating the expansive in a way that exposes the beauty residing in the tiny details. Bird is the Worm (US)

“One of our most inventive young jazz composers and one of the most innovative contemporary ensembles. It's music you need to know.” (5 Stars) Lee Prosser , Jazzreview

“Most of it is magnificent and will stand the test of time.” (JazzWise)

About From Down There - ”Argentine composer Pablo Ablanedo makes a disarmingly gentle but firm debut notable more for his ascetic, introspective writing than his low-profile piano. This band plays the through-composed and chamber-like pieces understatedly rather than in-your-face, slowly unfolding a mature, inclusive world vision.” (4 stars) Fred Bouchard, Down Beat Magazine (US)

About Alegría - ”With his latest effort, Argentine pianist/composer Pablo Ablanedo pronounces a sense of joy. In the liners the artist emphasizes that this work “alludes to the happiness of creation.” To that end, Ablanedo and his octet disseminate a set of emotive musings via a Spanishtinged luster combined with polychordal horn charts and more.” (4 ½ stars) Glenn Astarita, Down Beat Magazine (US)

”Alegría has cemented Pablo Ablanedo’s reputation as an innovative and yet disciplined composer who promises even more noteworthy work in the future.” Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine (US)

”Pablo Ablanedo Octet is hot. However, to describe the octet in simple terms is to do the group a disservice, because their performances on From Down There are exiting, complex, intricate and fun.” Katie DeBonville, Northeastern Performer (US)

About From Down There - ”The newest works by this Argentinean pianist and composer are as mature and sophisticate as any of the best modern Latin jazz.” Bob Young, Boston Herald (US)

About From Down There - ”Ablanedo has a talent for combining multi-line horn parts and shifting harmonies with the relaxed intensity of classic Latin rhythms....” Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix (US)

”It would be a mistake to pigeonhole the pianist/composer Pablo Ablanedo as a ”Latin jazz artist”: the lush, complex weave of his writing for octet on the new Alegría (Fresh Sounds) has as much to do with Gil Evans as with the tangos of Ablanedo's fellow Argentine, Astor Piazzolla.” Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix (US)

About From Down There - What a pity that at this point the band is limiting their appearances to the Boston/New York region. Great that one can, until that will change, at least listen to this CD. Frank Bongers, Jazz Dimentions (Germany)

” sure that Pablo Ablanedo's work has its own personality: you will be pleased to listen and listen to From Down There.” Claude Colpaert, Jazz Hot Magazine (France)

About From Down There - “There's a certain brooding quality that extends into the realm of jazz music that the great nation of Argentina has contributed to us. This CD is an excellent example of how well constructed and interesting compositions, created from within the structures of this very sensual and emotional music can extend itself into and beyond the reaches of jazz. Peter La Barbera, The Jazz Zine (US)

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