"My next project – one of them – is to make an American record, not to have to travel to Buenos Aires to record and perhaps let go of some of the tango expectations and do more improvisations," he says.
In other words, tilt the balance even more steeply toward jazz.
As for the tango audience in America, Aslan finds that it's divided into two basic groups: Dance lovers who revere traditional tango and concert audiences who flock to music of Piazzolla.
Perhaps, he says, a quintet such as his can bridge those two worlds.
"Hopefully," says Aslan, "jazz attitude will make a difference."
Certainly Aslan is doing his part.
Also worth hearing
Kenny Garrett: The thoroughly extroverted saxophonist famously played with Miles Davis but long since has commanded an imposing reputation as bandleader. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday; at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.; $25-$50; 312-360-0234 or jazzshowcase.com
Dee Alexander: An extraordinarily versatile and virtuosic Chicago singer, Alexander will head her Evolution Ensemble. 9:30 p.m. Friday at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.; $10-$12; constellation-chicago.com
Bebop Brass: A "Tribute to Lee Morgan" will feature trumpeters Pharez Whitted and Victor Garcia; trombonists Steve Berry, Adam Thornburg and Audrey Morrison; plus drummer Xavier Breaker, bassist Marlene Rosenberg and pianist Miguel de la Cerna; presented by the non-profit Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. 7 p.m. Friday at Tuley Park, 501 E. 90th Pl.; free; 312-427-1676 or jazzinchicago.org
Bobby Lewis: The venerable, deeply lyrical Chicago trumpeter leads his quintet. 5, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10-$15; 312-642-6805 or andysjazzclub.com
Dave Liebman: A mighty, questing saxophonist, Liebman will lead a Chicago quartet, with pianist Jim Trompeter, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Joel Spencer. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com
Chicago Underground Duo: Cornetist Rob Mazurek and percussionist Chad Taylor have forged an empathetic partnership in free-flowing improvisations. 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.; $10-$12; constellation-chicago.com
To read more from Howard Reich on jazz, go to chicagotribune.com/reich.
Pablo Aslan Quintet
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Tickets: $25 general; $5 students; 773-702-2787 or ticketsweb.uchicago.edu