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The New Tango: Recorded At the Montreux Festival (Live)

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Album Review

Recorded at the Montreux Festival of 1986, The New Tango is an album of collaboration between the undisputed leader of the nuevo tango movement, Astor Piazzolla, and American vibe master Gary Burton. All of the pieces on the album were written by Piazzolla over the course of some 40 years of work, along with one special composition, "Vibraphonissimo," written expressly for Burton's usage. Surprisingly enough — given the virtuosity and coherence that one receives on the album — there were a mere three rehearsals prior to the recorded performance. As the listener finds out, the vibraphone is perfectly suited to the tango; or at the very least, that Gary Burton is fully capable of the job. As with all of Piazzolla's albums, the chances of disappointment are quite slim, with a special amount of attention given here to details by all musicians involved. Any fan of the nuevo tango or Piazzolla will be pleased as usual. Fans of Gary Burton or jazz vibes may find the album surprisingly good as it shows the versatility of the vibraphonist. As Fernando Gonzalez once said, "this music knows many dialects. And listens. There are no lines drawn and no sides to defend. This is new tango."

Customer Reviews

Can't go wrong with it no matter what

Intense, kinetic, and thick as 40 weight oil with passion this extraordinary album will keep you awake like you never had been kept before with or without company. (try writing some poetry). Between Piazzola's criminally nostalgic bandoneon, Burton's dreamy and jumpy xylophone and Fernando Suarez Paz's heart wrenching violin you will be trapped between dark alley knife fights, and absolutely impossible romances with criminally beautiful "minas" demanding your love for an impossibly tragic price. For sex, dinner, instrospection, inspiration and anything else that demands passion and sensual tension this is a must have. An absolute jazz collection item too.

Biography

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

Genre: Latino

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 a virtuosic...
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The New Tango: Recorded At the Montreux Festival (Live), Astor Piazzolla
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Raíces, Music, Latino
  • Released: 1988

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