Song:Milonga Is Coming
Album:If You Love Me
Richard Galliano is generally thought to be the heir to the accordion throne of Astor Piazzolla. The big difference is Galliano plays jazz on the accordion. On this 2007 CD, he plays with vibraphone legend Gary Burton who recorded with Piazzolla in the 80s. Galliano was born Dec. 12, 1950 in Cannes, France and his father taught him to play the accordion. Then he got into jazz and copied Clifford Brown trumpet solos on the accordion. Other than his dad, his big influences were Argentine accordionist Astor Piazzolla and especially Israeli accordionist Yehuda Oppenheimer. Trying to get a jazz gig with an accordion proved to be challenging so in the 70s, Galliano worked with French singer Claude Nougaro and his orchestra. But eventually he worked as a sideman for Chet Baker, Joe Zawinul, Toots Thielemans and Ron Carter. Galliano first recorded as a leader in the early 90s when he signed with Dreyfus Jazz. On this 2007 CD If You Love Me, he teams up with vibraphonist Gary Burton who recorded with Piazzolla in the 80s. Milonga Is Coming was a song Burton recorded with Piazzolla in 1988. There is a clip of them performing together but it's very poor quality. Other musicians on this album are veteran sidemen George Mraz on bass and Clarence Penn on drums. Though Galliano still performs jazz, his recent albums have been tributes to Vivaldi, Bach and film composer Nino Rota for Duetsche Grammophon. The Rota CD is a jazz album but the other two are classical. His latest CD Sentimentale is on Resonance Records. Galliano is currently on tour in Europe. Here's Richard Galliano featuring Gary Burton performing Milonga Is Coming in Germany 2007.