"Payadora Tango Ensemble has made a memorable mark on the Canadian music scene with their accomplished ensemble playing and toe tapping energetic versions of the Argentinian tango, the form the world loves to listen, play and dance to.
The traditional tango is represented by the perfect performance of Adios Muchachos/I Get Ideas. The Adios portion is a more traditional performance with guest vocals by Elbio Fernandez. Then a walk on the jazzier side happens as Wolkstein sings the English words. There are two original arrangements of Argentinian folk songs, but most fun is hearing Brahms step across the dance floor in the unique Horvath arrangement of Hungarian Dance No.1.
Each musician is a star soloist in their own right. Playing together has allowed them to develop and mature turning Payadora into a superstar group."
-From CD review by Tiina Kiik for the Whole Note Magazine February 2018.
Video and three tracks available on the Listening Room on the Whole Note's website along with the full album review:
"The group has assembled a thoroughly enjoyable set of tunes for this, their second album. “Niebla Oscura” is one of several original compositions on the album and was composed by the album’s producer Drew Jurecka. This quieter, more meditative composition gives all four musicians a chance to shine and share varied aspects of their talents; it has the feel of chamber music rather than tango. “Volando” was composed by the group’s violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein. The piece is well constructed and builds from a suspenseful beginning to a dramatic climax. “Tavasz,” written by pianist Robert Horvath, brings a hint of his native Hungary to the table in a lovely piano solo before the rest of the group enters. “Adios Muchachos / I Get Ideas” blends the sounds of tango and jazz seamlessly in a luscious stew, while “La Humilde” and “Nostalgias Tucumanas” offer fun interpretations of two Argentinian folk songs. The album closes with a surprising and awesome reading of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1 that I find utterly addictive – like the whole project. Even if you aren’t familiar with tango music, this album provides an accessible introduction to the genre by four hugely talented musicians who clearly have a passion for it. Highly, highly recommended."
-From CD review by The Great Dark Wonder, January 2018.