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Tango: Zero Hour

Astor Piazzolla

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Album Review

Considered by Piazzolla to be his best work, 1986's Tango Zero Hour was the culmination of a career that began in Argentina in the 1930s. Piazzolla started out auspiciously enough working with one of the brightest lights of the classic tango era, singer Carlos Gardél. After Gardél's tragic death in 1935 (by turning down an offer to tour with the singer at the age of 13, Piazzolla amazingly avoided the plane crash that killed Gardél), Piazzolla went on to perfect his bandoneón playing in various tango bands during the '40s and '50s, eventually studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Like she did with so many other great talents like Aaron Copeland and Quincy Jones, Boulanger encouraged Piazzolla to find a new way of playing his county's music. Piazzolla began experimenting and soon enough perfected what is now known as "nuevo tango." Moving tango music into the more serious area of high-art composition, Piazzolla added eccentric and, at times, avant-garde touches to the traditional format; he gained the appreciation of adventurous music lovers worldwide while alienating tango purists back home. Tango Zero Hour is the fruition of his groundbreaking work and one of the most amazing albums released during the latter years of the 20th century. Joined by his Quinteto Tango Nuevo featuring violin, piano, guitar, and bass, Piazzolla offers up seven original tango gems that take in the noirish, "Zero Hour" world found between midnight and dawn. Essential for all music lovers.

Customer Reviews

One of the best albums of all times

This album could easily be considered the "Soundtrack of Buenos Aires". It's perfect, one of the best albums ever recorded and the best work by Astor Piazzolla. The music on this album is so powerful and beautiful that will easily touch any person, regarding of the culture or countryu of origin. Please buy it, you won't regret it.

Waves of ecstasy 

After hearing this , part of me feels like there may not be anything left to accomplish... and part of me feels like the door has been opened to unlimited possibilities. This is such a gift to Universe. Thank you Astor.

Divine Music!

Most original and soulful music in the entire iTune music store. Milonga del Angel is a must purchase if you are not interested in the entire album.


Born: March 11, 1921 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Genre: Raíces

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

It's not hyperbole to say that Astor Piazzolla is the single most important figure in the history of tango, a towering giant whose shadow looms large over everything that preceded and followed him. Piazzolla's place in Argentina's greatest cultural export is roughly equivalent to that of Duke Ellington in jazz — the genius composer who took an earthy, sensual, even disreputable folk music and elevated it into a sophisticated form of high art. But even more than Ellington, Piazzolla was also...
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Tango: Zero Hour, Astor Piazzolla
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Raíces, Music, Latino
  • Released: Apr 23, 1992

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