If you’re one of those jazz purists who like to spout off about how they’ll let anybody into the club these days, then I have bad news for you. Ditto if you’re an ambient purist doing the same. You may or may not be familiar with Echoes, the two-hour nightly music program dedicated to ambient, New Age, and spacemusic with host John Diliberto. Around here, it runs weeknights on public radio 10pm – midnight. Personally, I dig it, though I understand it’s not for everyone. As far as a lot of people are concerned, ambient and New Age are synonymous with mononymed artists like Yanni and Enya, who have about as much in common with jazz as drool does with Dom Perignon.

But on Tuesday, Echoes ran one of its regular features, what they call a “living room concert” with a couple of names that will be familiar to anyone with an eye on Spoleto’s Wachovia Jazz Series later this month: the bandonéon-and-cello duo Dino Saluzzi and Anja Lechner, who’ll be performing as part of Spoleto on Mon. May 28 at Sottile Theatre. To wit:


Dino Saluzzi is the heir to Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla and the best-known player of the button accordion called the bandonéon. But Saluzzi goes in more intuitive and cerebral directions than Piazzolla. We capture him in a series of introspective duets with German cellist Anja Lechner from the Rosamunde Quartet. They give a live performance of music from their new CD, Ojos Negros.

Jazz? Ambient soundscapes? Spacemusic? Whatever genre pidgeonhole you want to place it in is up to you, but I like it. Check it out for yourself. Echoes doesn’t stream its programs online for free, but if you missed Tuesday night’s program, it’ll repeat this Sunday at 11pm. In the meantime, here’s a taste. dinosaluzzi.mp3