Julian Argüelles

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  • 4. Tonadilla 6.14
  • 5. Barrio Gótico 5.57
  • 6. Alegrías 5.02
  • 7. Sevilla 8.39
  • 8. Tía Mercedes 5.06

Release date: 20 July 2018

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European Jazz at its finest blending Spanish roots, Nordic space and sound with one of the brightest and most talented British bands around.

Credits and About

Julian Argüelles Saxophones

Ivo Neame Piano

Sam Lasserson Double Bass

James Maddren Drums, Percussion

All music by Julian Argüelles
Recorded by Stefano Amerio at ArteSuono, Udine, Italy in November 2017.
Mixed and mastered by Stefano Amerio in January 2018.

Tonadas (simply meaning Tunes) is the lyrical and vibrant new quartet album from saxophonist Julian Argüelles. Drawing on his Spanish roots Argüelles has produced a gem – a beautifully warm, harmonically rich and melodic album, abundant with an elegant tone and absorbing colour. Tonadas has everything you’d want and expect from a contemporary Jazz album, yet it surprises on another level. With shifting turns of phrase and effortlessly flowing band interplay, Argüelles’ growing status as a master composer, bandleader and creator are clear. This music is profoundly joyful and masterfully produced.

With some of the UK’s most dependable, experienced and exciting musicians pianist, Ivo Neame, bassist Sam Lasserson and drummer James Maddren, the rhythm section are flexible and intelligent enough to deliver the promise in Julian Argüelles’ writing and arrangements. Exploratory in feel yet integrated in one strong and committed sound, the album is elegantly poised as possibly one of the great European contemporary Jazz albums of this year.

For over three decades Julian Argüelles has been at the forefront of European Jazz, working with some of its finest practitioners including musicians of the calibre of Dave Holland, John Taylor, Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Phronesis, Mike Gibbs and Carla Bley to name some. With Tonadas, Argüelles has mindfully and boldly crafted a band and composed music that further defines him as a composer and musician for the future and promises to command the attention of fans and critics alike.


"There’s an ECM-like sense of space here, too, and touches of the blues. But it’s the melodies, elegant and joyful, that linger. Superb.”

London Evening Standard