Alturas – Tango meets Jazz


In Spanish, Alturas is a musical term referring to pitch, and more generally to ‘the highest’, and Alturas  took us high at their recent performance at Django’s in Sydney. Jose Basso kicks off the program before a brief report on Alturas’ style of tango/jazz, and (after a technical hitch last week) Chloe Williamson and Stephen Cutriss of Mendoza Tango Quartet finish the program with a replay of part 1 of their interview. That’s Tango Capital, Sunday evening from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Image: Alturas at Djangos, Marrickville, Sydney on 17 September 2017; Daniel Rojas is there on piano, lit in green – unfortunately I could not find a location in the venue from which to take an image that showed all the band clearly.


  • Ahí Va El Dulce, meaning ‘There Goes The Sweet’; it’s a tango recorded by José Basso on 14 May 1958 with music composed by Juan Canaro, first recorded in 1927 and with lyrics by Osvaldo Sosa Cordero.
  • Tabernero, meaning ‘Bartender’; it’s a tango recorded by José Basso on 27 May 1949 with music composed by Miguel Cafre and Fausto Frontera, first recorded in 1926, with lyrics by Raúl Costa Olivieri and sung by Francisco Fiorentino.
  • Piropos, meaning ‘Catcalls’; it’s a tango recorded by Anibal Troilo on 11 April 1944, with music composed by Juan Carlos Cobián, first recorded in 1923, and lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo.
  • Pena, Copa Y Tango, meaning ‘Sadness, Drink, and Tango’; it’s a tango recorded by José Basso on 9 December 1953, with music composed by José Basso and with lyrics by Mario Núñez Diaz here sung by Oscar Ferrari.
  • Taquito Militar from the ‘Sin Palabras’ release in 2015, meaning ‘Military Tactic’; composed by Mariano Mores in 1952 this is a tango-jazz recording by Alturas in 2015.
  • Café con Limón from the ‘Café con Tango’ release in 2013, meaning ‘Coffee with Lemon’; it’s a tango-jazz composed by Bob Marnes and here recorded by Alturas in 2013.
  • Contrabajeando, meaning ‘Playing The Double Bass’; it’s a tango recorded by Sexteto Mayor in 2008 music composed by Astor Piazzolla and Anibal Troilo.
  • Qué Bien Te Queda, meaning ‘Good That You Have Left’; it’s a tango recorded by Ricardo Tanturi; on 5 October 1943 with music composed by Vicente Salerno and lyrics by Juan Florencio Mazaroni here sung by Enrique Campos.

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