With the album Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla, Escalandrum has established itself as a major force in the world of tango and jazz. The Argentinean band had been around for years when drummer Daniel ‘Pipi’ Piazzolla decided to pay tribute to his grandfather Astor Piazzolla, the world famous tango innovator. Jazz was an important influence on this master of the bandoneon. Escalandrum adds several decades of new jazz to that. Without that Argentinean squeezebox, but with piano, horns, double bass and drums, making sparks fly from the stage. Escalandrum is a great success in its home country and has earned its share of Gardel Awards (Argentinean Grammys). The six-piece ensemble collaborated with jazz greats such as Paquito D’Rivera, Guillermo Klein and Dave Holland. ‘This is Piazzolla playing Piazzolla, but you never heard Piazzolla like this. Daniel takes his grandfather’s Tango Nuevo in an entirely new direction’ (New York Latin Culture Magazine).