Though not jazz in the traditional sense, the improvisational flow and sheer ingenuity of the soloing and phrasing on Galliano's disc is something to hear. The bandoneonist (button accordion) wears his indebtedness to Astor Piazzolla on his sleeve. That only adds to his music, saturating the romance of the opening Opale Concerto with a sense of bittersweet homage to the Argentine tango master.
Though ultimately this is concert music, Galliano has a jazz heart, dedicating the disc to Piazzolla but also to the memory of departed European jazz friends Michel Petrucciani and Jean-Francois Jenny Clark. There's a sense of harmonic adventurousness and lyrical liberties taken even on the most Puccini-esque pieces ("San Peyre") and others like "Oblivion" and "Habanerando" have a rhythmic flavor that borrows as much from jazz as the tango.
The disc finishes with Piazzolla's "Concerto pour Bandoneon", showing off Galliano's complete range and daring on his instrument. There aren't many that take up such an unlikely solo instrument, but listening to Galliano (and his contemporary Dino Saluzi) one is thankful that there are some who dare.