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3. Best Tango Album in the World
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6. 40 Temas Originales
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7. Tantalizing Tangos of Argentina
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8. Assassination Tango
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13. Argentina Bailemos Tango: A Century
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1. Bajofondo Tango Club
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Gustavo Santaolalla is One of the Leading Producers in Latin Music Today. His Surco Label Has Released Albums by Many Artists Like Juanes, Orishas and the Soundtrack to "Amores Perros" (Which He Composed). This Particular Group was Conceived by Santaolalla Utilizing Musical Ideas from Nortec Collective (Mexico) and Gotan Project (France). It is an Eclectic Mix of French House, Argentinean Tango, Trip Hop, Drum and Bass and Chill-out Music. "Bajofondo Tango Club" Marks an Exciting New Direction in Latin Electronica Music for an International Audience. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good album
All I've read here is half true.This album was not just made by argentinean people but also by uruguayian people (Uruguay and Argentina are neighbour countries and they share the passion for the Tango music).
There are several tracks made by uruguayians and track number 6 (Perfume) is an original song written and executed by two contemporary uruguayian artists being one of them Jorge Drexler, a well known musician in South America and Spain.

Now, the album is good, not great, but very good.I bought it and I'm happy with my decision

5-0 out of 5 stars 2003 Grammy Award Winning Album!!!!!
The fusion of Tango Music and Techno does create a nice Chill Out Vibe. I purchased this CD down in Buenos Aires at the end of August 2003 and this album was still in the Top 30 Sales Chart. Not bad for a CD almost a year old. But don't take my word on how great this CD is (strongest tracks are #3 and #12), this CD was just recently the recipient of the 2003 Latin Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental. I am a little surprised that Amazon does not flag award-winning albums in their search but should do so in the future! Give this album a try--you won't be disappointed!

2-0 out of 5 stars Show me the money, preferably in pounds...
Seems like these guys really like British techno, the problem is that the "electronica" part of this record sounds dated. It seems like the money they should've spent on good equipment was spent on marketing. On top of that, the tango samples lost their depth and seem flat and one-dimensional. Buy Gotan instead, or even better, buy Narcotango by Carlos Libedinsky!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Many readers interested in this composition would be advised to recall such groups as Bond and Opera Babes, that have tried to give classical music a new twist. Admirable as their efforts were, neither was able to drag themselves from the classification of just being pretty girls with talent (sort of). Bajofondo is everything they wanted to be. Instead of plastering the cover of this ablum with a photo of themselves wearing sexy little outfits, bajofondo mearly has a close up photo of what appears to be women's crossed legs, clad in fishnets. This alluringly naughty photo seems an apt description of the sound of "Tango Club".

It's a brilliant melting pot of some of the coolest types of music around. Most people acknowledge any form or use of electronica as being an up to the moment sound, but what about the classic shiek and style of the tango? Both are acknowledged in this wonderfully sultry mix. every note is deliberate and important, tearing down musical walls other artist's only dreamed of conquering. Bajofondo is essential to every musical collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
You've probably heard people say in response to something, "mmmmmm, that 's interesting." Pretty much that is the response you will have after listening to this disc that it is not tremendous on either side of the spectrum but good nontheless. It is much like Gotan Project's "La Revancha Del Tango." Comparing the two, since they seem to be the only groups exploring this side of the tango(a mixture of electronica elements, genre's and sub-genre's) I'd have to tip my hat to BTC mostly because of the production skills of Santoalalla( most everything he touches is gold) that results in a slick musical stew like some type of noveau French cuisine. This music is extremely relaxing with a sort of don't wake me up from this musical trip to lands unknown. In other words it is a little spacey but has just enough tango to keep your heart ticking, head swaying and wondering what curve is coming next on this musical journey. It is very eclectic and that is what makes it so interesting, there is that word again. There are dark passages along the way but overall this is a bright addition to the ever expanding electronica field. It many respects it is an entry into chill out music. When it is more upbeat, (check out the editorial review) remember the music is all over the map, it is as fresh as any dance music out there. Maybe it is my being partial to the female voice but when they cut into "Perfume"it sends my heart a reeling. The result is a song that sounds intoxicating. The bandeon throughout keeps the tango vibe, but the piano work binds it all together for a surreal atmospheric experience; it is like sipping a martini at the milky way cafe as a seductress approaches and you offer her a rose and she places it between her teeth and smiles an invitation to tango. To really capture all the sounds that are weaved together this disc should be experienced with headphones a todo volumen(at full volume). There is enough variety on this disc to keep it from being repetitive as the various time changes, pacing and styles give it a flow that doesn't leave you bored. It is a fine example of the meshing of the old and the new for something very interesting, there's that word again. It won't blow you away but you will think it is , you guessed it , interesting. ... Read more


2. Tango Zero Hour
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Astor Piazzolla lived and died as tango's bad boy, having almost single handedly invented the music's vanguard, the form known as tango nuevo. It took Piazzolla decades to reach his unequivocal apex, which is captured flawlessly on Tango Zero Hour. When this recording was cut in 1986, some of the compositions Piazzolla and his quintet cued up were standards for the band. Whether it was an epiphanic period or not, the recording captures an ensemble alchemically transforming seriously complex works into goose-bump-inducing electricity. Pianist Pablo Ziegler brings his jazz background into the mix with jarring urgency, just as violinist Fernando Suárez Paz makes quavering classical inflections sing amid Piazzolla's here tender and there blistering bandoneon. For a peak experience in music that challenges the ear to dance and the body to fully listen, look no further than this recording. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S TANGO...
...but your father might have liked it, if he listened with an open mind. For me - this is absolutely one of the most stunning recordings I've ever heard. Piazzolla (bandoneón) and the musicians he assembled for this quintet (Fernando Suárez Paz, violin; Pablo Ziegler, piano; Horacio Malvicino, Sr., guitar; and Héctor Console, bass) gave the performances of their collective lifetimes when they made this album, recorded in NYC in May of 1986. It is the zenith of Piazzolla's career - and that's saying a lot, considering the contributions he made to music in his lifetime.

The music is nuevo tango - the traditional soul of tango, full of the emotion that it has always carried (and with which it carries its listeners and dancers), charged and reborn with all of the grit and grime that exists 'at street level'. Gosh - if the tangos we're used to hearing and seeing in the old films made your grandmother blush, this would most certainly put her on the floor in a dead faint. The music is intricately composed - but at the same time, it is FELT in the depths of the soul. There is nothing whatsoever cold and emotionless about it. The musicians themselves are of the highest caliber - some are classically trained, some have their roots in jazz, but they are all under the spell of Piazzolla's vision. The quiet passages purr and stroke the senses, the more strident ones will pick the listener up and toss them around. The music will make you want to close your eyes and drift away one moment, then have you sweating the next.

Piazzolla made one more recording with this group, LA CAMORRA, and one featuring some of the same players (but not all of them), THE ROUGH DANCER AND THE CYCLICAL NIGHT (based on a story by the great Argentinean literary master Jorge Luis Borges). These two are very, very good - but ZERO HOUR is his greatest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite recording of all time.
Aurally stunning from start to finish, this album isn't "easy listening" but is best experienced in total immersion. That said, it's surprisingly accessible, both smooth and mind-bending, a rollercoaster ride of emotions that somehow draws back from the brink at the very moment you think it's going to tip over into schmaltz. It takes a genius like Piazzolla to make music this dramatic without being maudlin. Like Mahler's 9th, it altered my views of dissonance and harmony forever. I know of no recording quite like it.

A few Piazzolla fans may prefer his more straightforward works, but I believe that he himself pronounced it his best recording ever. Recordings like "La Camorra..." succeed with a somewhat more rough and impromptu sound; on this record Piazolla and band aim for perfection... and achieve it.

5-0 out of 5 stars classic music
astor piazzolla's music is the apotheosis of the tango as the toughest and most tender of all dance musics. it is the embodiment of shostakovich's take on (jewish) folk music as expressing laughter through tears and despair through dance. tango, tragedia, comedia, kilombo (whorehouse). those four words that are repeated in the opening "tanguedia III" remain relevant for the album's duration. and yet, "tango zero hour" is so much more; it is the final touch of the ineffable that defines all great music and makes it accessible to all. with that in mind, it seems appropriate to cut this review short with one final encouragement to pick up this album as a wonderful example of contemporary composition and musicianship.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary tango
This album is incredible.

Piazzolla and the New Tango Quintet play with extraordinary cohesion, grace, nuance, fire, and absolute beauty. They play as one, and they switch sentiments, from tenderness to rage to anxiety to resolve, without warning and without flaw. Listening to this music is like looking through a sonic kaleidoscope. The textures mutate constantly, at times pensive and sparse, at others empassioned and dense. But always full of color and absolutely beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Passion, Fire, Soul
Wow. This is kind of music that can be only created by someone who's live a lifetime of love and joy, regret and sorrow. This is the music of being human. I don't know how else to describe it except that listening to this album was a transcendental experience. I hope you will give this album a shot because you will be doing a travesty to yourself if you don't. ... Read more


3. Best Tango Album in the World Ever
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5-0 out of 5 stars dancing please
this was great I am just starting to take tango classes
and this has been on my mind all the way through
I even fool people now and again that I know what I'm doing
each cut is great
I think its making me sexier
maybe!! ... Read more


4. Astor Piazzolla - The Soul Of Tango: Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars He's got the soul
Piazzola must be the devil.... cause he certainly captured the soul (of tango, that is!)

Brilliant music. Exceptional CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the BEST for the Piazzolla neophyte!
I have more than ten Piazzolla CDs and this is my favorite. It's actually the first one of his that I ever bought, and I think that this is probably the best CD that a beginner to Piazzolla and Modern Argentine Tango could buy. It has a generous sampling of the several hundred songs that Astor Piazzolla wrote in his life, and it consists mainly of live recordings, which adds to the intensity of each piece. Interestingly enough, there are nearly 200 CDs of Piazzolla music (if not more), and even the songs in the ones recorded by Piazzolla himself vary significantly from album to album. This one, however, is a real joy and will get anyone's toes tapping.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bravo Maestro!!
Oh dear God, how to describe the music that came out of this album? Maybe we should make an exception and allow a six star rating in this case. Astor Piazzolla is for me the best composer of the 20th century and one of the best of all time. The way he can make music dance in you head and trigger emotions from deep within you is stunning. It is impossible to describe the way he puts music together into some of the most powerful music ever heard and at the same time doing it in a way tango had never been done before. Maestro Piazzolla completely changed tango into something new, something some people don't even consider tango anymore. He'll shred your soul and make you lose all hope in your life and suddenly fill you with hope and a sense of awe. Every person who take music seriously and can appreciate art must own something by Astor Piazzolla; and feel the blessing of immersing in its brilliance. ... Read more


5. The Best of Carlos Gardel
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The dates and facts surrounding the birth of Carlos Gardel,even his real name and nationality, are still argued about--more than60 years after his death in a plane crash. But his place as thegreatest singer in the history of tango is indisputable. Gardel notonly nearly singlehandedly defined the tango-cancion (sung tango) andset the standards of interpretation. For many, he embodied the veryspirit of tango--urbane yet streetwise, romantic but also tough,sensual but oh-so-cool. This collection, smartly selected andreasonably improved aurally, offers ample proof. North Americanaudiences may recognize songs such as El Dia Que Me Quieras (sung byLuis Miguel, Julio Iglesias), Mi Buenos Aires Querido (Iglesias) andPor Una Cabeza (soundtrack True Lies). Gardel brings to hisperformance impeccable intonation, precise phrasing and just the rightpathos. These are the definitive versions by a master at the peak ofhis powers. --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gardel rocks
What can I say, Gardel was the king!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gardel, master of the tango cancion
This album lives up to its title, displaying Gardel as the indisputable king of the tango genre. While there is some background noise, it serves to make authentic these recordings dating mostly from the first half of the 1930's, and in no way detracts from the way Gardel maximizes the connection between the sentimental lyrics and plaintive melodies of these tracks.

Three of the selections merit special mention. Mi Buenos Aires Querido is especially touching to those who know that Gardel, then Carlos Gardes, immigrated to the slums of Buenos Aires at age three with his mother. Volver is the epitomy of songs in which a male mourns his inability to put aside his lost love; Gardel is far more convincing than Julio Iglesias on the latter's album "Tango". Finally, El dia que me quieras has lyrics so mellifluous and loaded with emotional triggers that one can understand why Gardel's tragic death comprised an international tragedy in an age when there was far less cognizance of foreign culture than today. The informative liner notes greatly add to the appreciation of these well-selected classics.

"The Best of Carlos Gardel" earns five stars for its authentic presentation of the highly talented originator of the sung tango, which is inextricably tied to the culture of Argentina and is excellent entertainment in its own right.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Authentic Gardel Sound
To add to the review above about the 78 RPM Sound. To listen to Gardel with all the scratched and pops of the old recording is the full romantic essence of his music and of the era. A clean orchestrated Gardel as in True Lies is as plastic is to Gold!

5-0 out of 5 stars The essence of tango embodied
Without a doubt the selections chosen exemplify the purity and passion of tango. With a voice that transcends time, Gardel reaches the very pinnacle of musical greatness. Gardel's greatness cannot be overstated: his baritone voice is classic, the sound is timeless, and the lyrics bring nostalgia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superbe
Cet album est parfait. La voix de Segnor Gardel nous emportes loin de cette planete sur une autre galaxy. Jeune et vieux vont etre completement enchanter par ces chansons romantiques, charmantes et elegantes. ... Read more


6. 40 Temas Originales
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5-0 out of 5 stars Originals you may have heard elsewhere
What do such diverse entertainers as Placido Domingo, Chavela Vargas, Pedro Infante, Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias, Helmutt Lotti, Rocio Banquells, Javier Solis, Nat King Cole, Rocio Durcal ,Lucho Gatica, Jorge Negrete, Lola Beltran, Caetano Veloso and countless trios and mariachi groups have in common? They have all recorded Augustin Lara compositions. Known as el "El Flaco de Oro," Agustin Lara is one of the Mexico's most prolific composers with some 600 compostions to his credit!! If you listen to Latin music, especially boleros, you have probably heard a Lara composition. Some of his more famous and interpreted songs are "Amor de Mis Amores," "Solamente Una Vez," "Veracruz," "Granada," Noche de Ronda," " Farolito," "Aventura," "Mujer," "La Cumbancha," "Pobre De Mi," and his ode to one of his four wives, old time film actress and goddess, Maria (La Dona) Felix , entitled "Maria Bonita." All of the mentioned songs are featured here and taken from the original LP recordings by Lara made between 1954 and 1961. Besides being a composer he was an acomplished pianist(worked in a bordelo at age 13, listen to the biographic "Imposible")) and a singer. This double disc features the voice and piano of Lara as he originally intended the songs to sound l . A wise person once told me the original composers know best how a song should sound:). There are a variety of styles by Lara but mostly tango, pasodoble and bolero music is featured. Although the music is old it still maintains a cosmopolitan flair that is classic. The piano work of Lara is prominent throughout although the disc and also features a conjunto he recorded with. Most of the songs have a melancholy feel and if you look at the picture of Lara, with his ever present cigarette dangling from his lip, it pretty much sums up the feeling. It is odd but the melancholy feeling is not really sad but more nostalgic, a different time, a different place; it's a colorful black and white world with shades of grey as seen through the smoke filled room of Lara's vision. Lara's voice is not great but somehow it sounds perfect for these songs of love and love lost. He literally sounds like the everyman pianist who spends his life laboring unknown in small, smoky, skanky clubs with the oversized brandy snifter stuffed with tips resting on the piano. In spite of less than quality voice these recordings are marvelous because they feature the original recordings of songs you may heard somewhere with arrangements as they were intended to sound. In the traditional sense of a good voice Lara falls short but the emotion permeates making the music sound good. "El Flaco de Oro," Agustin Lara was an international star, has been honored in Granada,Spain and Veracruz, Mexico with a bronze statues and is deserving of a "complete" box set but for now this is about as good as it gets. Featuring 40 recordings, this collection of Lara music is a real bargain. RCA has a series of "Mejor de lo Mejor" discs where they showcase old artists from their archives and this is definitely one of their best of the best. The disc is no frills, no information other than the obligatory musical credit; to RCA's credit they at least say which year and LP the music came from. The sound quality is very good and each disc has a cool look like a phonograph record. If you like old time Mexican music featuring a fantastic composer than add this bargain double disc to your collection; it's a classic collection of songs by a musical poet. ... Read more


7. Tantalizing Tangos of Argentina
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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice for dancers
The price is temptimg and the music great. If you are a tango dancer dont think about it. If you are a piazzola fan forget it.
I guess the word classic tangos suits it fine plus the production is really good. A non-regreting buying choice i made. ... Read more


8. Assassination Tango
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4-0 out of 5 stars It may be a movie sound track, but this is music for dancers
I really enjoyed the movie, and I liked the sound track, too. I liked this disk because it was more like a tango disk and less like a movie sound track disk. Movie sound track disks tend to have music that adds to the suspense and emotion of the movie. Like I said, I like this disk because it really is a tango disk. I could put it on at a milonga or Argentine tango dance lesson, and people would not identify it as a movie sound track. The various tracks include tango music by great orchestras that many may already have in their collections: Alfredo Gobbi, Angel Vargas, Angel D'Agostino, Ricardo Tanturi, and Carlos DiSarli. There were four pieces actually written by Luis Bacalov for this disk.

The name Luis Bacalov may not be familiar to many who listen to music. However, he is somebody who has an excellent reputation for writing the score to movies. His credits include "The Postman" (Il Postino) for which he won an Academy Award, "The Sky Falls" (Il Cielo Cade), "The Girl with the Luggage" (La Ragazza con la Valigia), and "The Love Letter." Tangueros may be familiar with his "Misa Tango" (Tango Mass) for chorus and orchestra, "Tango and Around," and "Tangosain."

I regard this disk as a nice collection for people who like Argentine tango music. It makes a good introductory album for those who are starting in tango. This music is for dancing, my friends. ... Read more


9. Waking Life - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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4-0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Fun, Fantastic
I know nothing about tango; I got this soundtrack because I like the movie so much, and the music is such an important part of the movie's wandering, convoluted and dreamy feeling. I don't think I'll probably buy other Glover Gill albums, but this one is wonderful -- I often put it on while I'm working; it's great background music but it somehow manages to stay in the front of your mind.

Some reviewers have lamented the inclusion of Chopin's Nocturne on the album, but this CD was my first experience of the piece, and I love it. It has a totally different flavor from the rest of the tracks, so it provides a nice break.

The only bad thing about this album is that it gets a little repetitive. That's part of the nature of the music, which makes sense in the movie, but because many of the tracks have these climbing melodies that repeat and spiral ever upward, I find that after one listen to the whole thing I've had enough, and I'll stay away from the CD for a while. But that doesn't diminish its value in my opinion -- certainly one of the more interesting soundtracks I own, and I recommend it especially to people who've seen the movie, but also to the more adventurous of those who haven't.

5-0 out of 5 stars Emotional, expressive, moody, and saturated.
I saw the movie in the theaters, and so was introduced to this album in that way. It is a wonderful album. It is reminisce of excited jazz, though more emotional and characterized than most. This is not the usual fuzz that jazz is, it has a variety of feelings. This album ranges from sad to excited to almost deeply terrorizing. I find this album hard to listen to when I'm emotional or upset, as it has such a range of emotion, it is a little hard to handle. But this album certainly captures the feeling the movie gives us, this whimsical, dizzying, waves of thought and idea swirling around. It is very well created in that the music is surprisingly smooth, though it bursts from time to time with sudden excitement. I can't say that I've disliked this album in any sort of way. If you've seen the movie, this soundtrack will make a lot more sense. Even if you haven't, this music will probably either move you or annoy you. I don't think there are any intermediates here. It was created by a tango orchestra, so be expecting that style of music. It's simple, rich, colorful, and artsy. Recommended for lively people, or people who like rousing cafe music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!!!
Recently, an Austin friend turned me on to a Glover Gill CD called Solo Tango. I liked it a lot and so looked him up on this site to see what else of his I could find. After reading the reviews of this one, I sort of half-heartedly ordered it.
Mistake!!! This is a fascinating piece of work. No, its not warmed-over Piazzolla as some have insinuated. The mere fact that it displays the characteristics of "new tango" doesn't automatically mean that the music will be a Piazzolla clone.
I've listened to and enjoyed lots of tango in my life, from the Guardia Vieja all the way through El Troesma to the present, and I can hear plainly that Glover Gill knows tango. The brooding melancholy jumps out and if you close your eyes, you can imagine being in the arrabal. Guess I'll have to see the movie, too!
Those familiar with tango of the 20s-40s will recognize snippets of some of the most famous tangos expertly worked into Gill's compositions. This is a great CD to kick back to and just enjoy. I've had it on all day soaking up its many pleasures. If I had to chose a favorite piece, Nocturna and Super Sport would vie for that honor.
If you have an open mind about tango and the possibilities of the genre, you should find as much to enjoy here as I do. I look ahead with eager anticipation to the next offering of Glover Gill and his Tosca Tango Orchestra.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous entertainment in itself
This soundtrack is actually quite incredible, an excellent achievement despite what some others say. The music has a distinctive quality that makes it entertainment all on its own; it hardly needs a film to go along with it (although the film was fantastic).

One of my favorite aspects of the music is that it doesn't remind me of certain parts of the film-- I do like being reminded of parts of films in some soundtracks, but this is great.
An exception is track 8, El Cholulo, which brought to my head images of the group of people just tangoeing, and it was actually a good thing to have a familiar image for part of the film. I also love the opening and finishing tracks, which are quite haunting and beautiful.
Simply listening to the samples in the record store, my face broke into an involuntary smile as I listened to it...
Enough said. This is great music. Get it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Movie is great, but soundtrack is hit and miss
I hate to say it, because as much as I love the opening track, which is indeed reminisent of the late great Astor Piazolla, the remainder of the soundtrack is a bit spotty. The Tosca Tango Orchestra is moving in the right direction but they're not quite there yet and it shows on this album. Granted, it is program music and is meant to accompany a film. But don't buy this album thinking it's all as good as the opening track, because that track is easily the best one on the album.
Does anybody know what that strange percusion instrument is? It's a very distinctive sound but also overused and distracting at times. This is certainly a group to keep an eye on. They are all talented musicians. With a bit more consistancy in the compositions they have potential for greatness. ... Read more


10. Aubade: Lecons De Tango
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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice mix of electronic and tango
Excellent Cd For listen in the car or home...relaxing, and revitalizing mix of electro tango.
Recomend Tango, Libertango come il faut, but all cd is well driven and gently mixed to bring a refreshing atmosphere to your car cockpit while drivng in trafic or highway.
If you are begining you tango collection or like to mix different rythm this cd is for you. ... Read more


11. Sentimental
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12. Piazzolla: La Camorra
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5-0 out of 5 stars Paradise Now
What I like about Astor Piazzolla 's compositions are that they shift dynamically, rhythmically, mood-wise in a fairly illogical way that mimics the texture of everyday life (mine at least). Not rampant atonality . Like life, the compositions retain consistent voices, threads of melodies. But bet's are off about what's comin' around the corner.

Piazzolla is always a first-class FEELING human as opposed to a musician's musician. Operatic in his emotional intensity.

This CD has an erotically slow "Soledad", three raucous and adorable fight-songs about "La Camorra" (the quarrel). Next, a muscular fugue, "Fugata", "Sur: Los Suenos (South: The Dreams)" holding a child's nursery song? inside, and last "Regresso Al Amor (South: Regression To Love)". I enjoy YOYO Ma's version of "Regresso Al Amor" (on Yo-Yo Ma: SOUL OF THE TANGO: MUSIC OF ASTOR PIAZZOLLA) but this CD has the composer performing, making it more bittersweet (he died in '92)- more "regressive".

My favorite PIAZZOLLA CD is no longer just "Tango: Zero Hour." It's a tie between Zero and La Camorra. "Zero Hour" is more ethereal; "La Cammorra" is more agitated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heaven In Real Life
What I like about Astor Piazzolla 's compositions are that they shift dynamically, rhythmically, mood-wise in a fairly illogical way that mimics the texture of everyday life. Like life, they retain melodies, consistent voices but all bet's are off about what's around the corner.

This CD havs a beautiful, too-short "Fugata", and my favorite "Regresso Al Amor (South: Regression To Love)". I enjoy YOYO Ma's version of "Regresso Al Amor" too (on Yo-Yo Ma: SOUL OF THE TANGO: MUSIC OF ASTOR PIAZZOLLA) but this CD has the composer performing, making it more bittersweet - more "regressive". It's always revitting to hear Piazzolla's bandoneon playing.

My favorite PIAZZOLLA is still Tango: Zero Hour.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This album is not as strong as Tango: Zero Hour. That being said, the first track is stronger than anything on Zero Hour. La Camorra is beautiful from start to finish. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful
While not absolutely the greatest Piazzolla record [Tango: Zero Hour and New Tango deserve that] this is still a must for anyone interested in Piazzolla. The long, slow opening piece, Soledad, demonstrates the hushed, focussed passion that he was such a master at, and the three movement suite that follows is also one of the greatest things he and his group did. While the last few cuts may be good as opposed to astonishing, this is still a marvelous record.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply marvelous!!!
Great album for those of us who enjoy serious and at the same time enjoyable music. A must for all music fans who enjoy passionate music. ... Read more


13. Argentina Bailemos Tango: A Century of Tango on the Dance Floor
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The popularity of tango comes and goes, but the "verticalexpression of horizontal desire" has remained synonymous with passion,unrequited love, and nostalgia for more than a century. Popularized byRudolph Valentino andCarlos Gardel,and more recently by Madonna andJulio Iglesias, and often celebrated byHollywood and Broadway, the tango has been reinterpreted continuouslywith less fanfare by old and young musicians in Buenos Aires andbeyond. Eschewing well-known tangos like "La Cumparsita" for moreobscure selections that illustrate the varied styles of tango,Bailemos Tango! elegantly demonstrates how tango music hasevolved from the 1920s through today. Compiled by a team of Argentinetango dancers and aficionados, the 19-track CD has a rich sound that isrootsy, not slick. It opens with a '20s instrumental number byUruguayan bandleader Miguel Villasboas in the style ofcanyegue, a flamboyant rhythm danced with bent knees.

Subsequent tracks highlight the disparate musical styles that make upthe tango: the Cuban-influenced milonga, the African beat ofcandombé, and the tango ballad, or canción, illustratedhere by "Yira-Yira," one of Gardel's more obscure recordings. Otherwell-known talents included here are famed 1940s bandoleónplayer AníbalTroilo, expressive pianist Osvaldo Pugliese, and tango modernist Astor Piazzolla.Bailemos Tango! ends with a contemporary tango played by Tangata Rea, agroup of young Argentine musicians set on reviving the music and dancefor their generation. As its title suggests, Bailemos Tango!will enrich the repertoire of dedicated dancers. For nondancers, itprovides a sentimental education in the tango art, nice for quietevenings at home with loved ones, but more appropriate for eveningsspent yearning for them. --Judy Cantor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Tango Dancer's Tango CD -- must buy!
This compact disk is an invitation to dancers. It says "Let's Dance Tango! " In actuality, it is an anthology of danceable tango music with representation various periods of the 20th Century. It is compelling music. My wife wanted to dance in with me in the kitchen when she first heard «Luz Verde», a milonga by Luis Villasboas y su Orquesta Típica. The names of the performers are known to all tangeros, and include the great musicians in a range that includes Carlos Gardel, Anibal Troilo, Astor Piazzola, Osvaldo Pugliese, and the contemporary group Trio Pantango. A variety of styles of tango is presented, from the traditional Argentine tangos well suitable for dancing in close embrace to peppy milongas, a candombé, and an tango vals (tango waltz).

Tango is a music form that has evolved in the 20th Century. It is an organic, growing form that reflects the history of the people of Argentina and Uruguay and is influenced by other forces in world music. This CD brings together the good danceable music covering the 20th Century. I must confess that I am one of those "tango junkies" who will take a CD to wedding receptions, to the VFW dances, and to Sunday afternoon dances at a Masonic hall to request the music I love to dance to. This is the CD I take to those dances. Most disc jockeys will not let you have a whole set of four tangos, but they will let you have perhaps one or two tangos during the evening. My choice of tangos is on this disk. You will like this disk even if you are not a true milongero. You don't have to be a porteño to love this music. It is sweet, sensuous, sexy, romantic, and just all-around good for easy listening. ... Read more


14. Summit - Reunion Cumbre
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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Piazzolla and Mulligan on Cloud 9!
This is a unique disc and is, I believe, the only instance of Mulligan and Piazzolla playing together. Which is a shame, because this is a tremendous production which has a timeless appeal.

Due to the influence of Mulligan this is a far more jazz-oriented production than tango-oriented but it has managed to retain the introspective and reflective soul of tango. Happily, there is little of the strident searching and experimentation in which Piazzolla occasionally indulged. Instead this is stunningly expressive and relective music with an almost melancholic feel. The compositions throughout are strong and the two leaders play well together with moments of real magic being created. Emphasis is placed on sincere musical expression as opposed to flashy technicalities. Mulligan's tone is unique and has to be heard; it's deep and warm and manages to pervade the room. Everybody will have their favourite tracks but I particularly enjoy the opener "Twenty Years Ago".

I play this at night just before I go to sleep - it's perfect nocturnal music and one of my favourite discs overall. As such I recommended it unconditionally.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pablo Cruise Meets David Sanborn
As a big fan of both Mulligan's and Piazzolla's works, I was incredibly disappointed by this CD. Recorded in 1974 (need I say more?), the session finds both artists straining to find common ground, periodically relying on cliches that complement the '70s percussion perfectly. This would have made a nice soundtrack for a Starsky & Hutch movie. Mulligan is one of the most versatile blowers that ever lived, but this pairing just didn't work. Yuck!

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding desert island disc, fav. Astor
The beauty and balance of the baritone sax and bandoneon is wonderful. I played this over and over so many times, I wanted to buy a second one just in case it went out of print. I have some 3000 jazz albums and this is definitely on my top 20 list. I have 10 or 12 Astor Piazzolla albums and I think this one is the most favorite and distinctive. Fortunately, you can never stop at one. Pick up a good box set as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy this great listening music of "jazzy tango"
I always enjoyed Tango music as well as watching the beautiful and sensual Tango Dance. This album is not the traditional Tango music but a wonderful listening experience. Love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Piazzolla and Mulligan at their best
Even though Piazzolla himself said he had a terrible time recording this album, he had been enamored with Gerry Mulligan and his ensemble for some time. Piazzolla was always intent on combining jazz and tango, coming up with his popular "Nuevo Tango," and this cd, though a little farther on the jazz side still has many typical Piazzolla characteristics.

"Summit," the title track is probably my favorite--it starts out with a typical Piazzolla fugue on bandoneon, joined by bari sax on the second phrase, then marimba and elec. guitar, and piano and bass. Then all the instruments join together, and Mulligan has room for a solo. Very exciting and fun cd, good for either a jazz fan or a Piazzolla fan. ... Read more


15. The Rough Guide to Astor Piazzolla
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Before Piazzolla, Argentinean tango, whether performed in a Buenos Aires waterfront dive or cafe society boïte, was primarily music for a dance famously described as a "vertical expression of a horizontal desire." But filtered through Piazzolla's cosmopolitan outlook and intellect, it became a sophisticated yet still searingly sexy fusion of Argentina's rural milonga and African derived candombe styles with American jazz, European pop and 20th-century classical influences. Today, it's hard to believe that nuevo tango initially raised howls of indignation as Piazzolla's spell-binding bandoneon (accordion) and compositions ultimately won over the traditionalists. This compilation includes many of the late Maestro's best-known tunes, such as Libertango and two versions of Adios Nonino, an elegy for his father. From the percussive, Shostakovich-like thrust of Tres Minutos Con La Realidad to the keening, fatalistic bitterness of Milonga Del Angel, it is a collection to treasure, ideal for beginners and enlightening for collectors. --Christina Roden ... Read more


16. Lo Mejor de lo Mejor
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente coleccion
Esta es una excelente coleccion de varias de las mejores canciones del mas grande interprete del tango en toda la historia. Es refrescante volver a oirlas de nuevo despues de tanto tiempo, pues nuestros LP's viejos y rayados hace años que no los oimos. Vale la pena tener este CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Y cada día canta mejor....
Sintesis absoluta del alma del tango. Porteño por eleccion y no por nacimiento. A casi 70 años de su muerte, la leyenda sigue vigente y como dicen aca en BS AS, cada día canta mejor y se lo extraña mas... En esta recopilación podemos escuchar sus mejores y mas famosos temas y soñar a Buenos Aires. Puedo pasar de Radiohead o Peter Murphy a Gardel sin sobresaltos, ya que se ve, que la belleza de la angustia y la nostalgia es tan fuerte en Londres como en BS AS. Por favor escuchen Malevaje... ... Read more


17. Rough Guide to the Music of Argentina
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This Rough Guide's kaleidoscopic musical tour of Argentina begins, appropriately enough, with the husky voice of Adriana Varela--the undisputed queen of contemporary tango.The tango pioneers of the past are also celebrated throughout the disc, from legendary crooner Carlos Gardel ("Tortazos") and bandoneon wizard Anibal Troilo ("El Motivo") to the genre's melancholy innovator Astor Piazzolla (a tense, slightly neurotic live version of "Verano Porteno"). Fortunately, compiler Dan Rosenberg understands that there's much more to this huge South American nation than just tango--devoting a number of tracks to quintessentially Argentine song formats such as the earthy chacarera (with its rustic percussion breaks) and the festive chamame(marked by soulful accordion licks).At its best, the collection showcases lesser- known but equally noteworthy artists such as the exuberant folk group La Chicana and experimental accordion player Chango Spasiuk.A pity that Argentina's substantial contribution to the rock en espanol genre is altogether absent from this otherwise excellent compilation. --Ernesto Lechner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Introduction to the music of Argentina
Before I heard this album one of the only genres I was familiar with was tango. There are actually other beautiful and haunting styles of music like the upbeat milonga (similar to the tango, but with a musical resolution unlike the "frustrated" final note associated with tango) and ballads. This album was a great introduction to the variation of styles played in contemporary Argentina as well as traditional sounds.

The CD starts out with the sabor of tango. "Tango de Ayer" made me think of the arabals (slums) of Buenos Aires. I could almost smell the cigarette smoke and the red wine coming from a nearby tavern as a smouldering couple provocatively swirls around the dance floor, locked in a passionate embrace. What a fabulous beginning for an album that just continues to grow progressively more intriguing with every track. Some of my favorite tracks are:
Cancion De Lejos--The words are so powerful. (Me voy, amor/si soy motivo para olvido decirmelo--Translation: I am going, my love/If I am motive for forgetfulness tell me)
There is also a wonderful tango from the era of the 1910s-1930s sung by the legendary Carlos Gardel (Tortazos).
My favorite track by far is the song Canto a Nande Reta. It is a beautiful tune played with accordeon and has a very Slovic feel to it (like a polka).

Please, for anyone who hasn't immersed themselves in the beautiful music of Argentina, or for people who have a great love for it already, buy this album! You won't be sorry. ... Read more


18. Piano Romantico, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICO PIANO
Enrique Chia is the greatest.His style is unique.He has a way a making the piano transmit sweet melodies. ... Read more


19. The New Tango
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4-0 out of 5 stars Jazz, Tango-style but with classical underpinnings
This is not, repeat NOT your Argentinian bordello-style tango or even classical tango. This is jazz, with vibraphone and a quintet rather reminiscent of the Microscopic Septet (they do the theme for NPR's "Fresh Air") The late Astor Piazzolla was an Argentinian with impeccable musical credentials; studied with Hungarian pianist Bela Wilda (student of Rachmaninoff), with the great Argentinian 20th Century avant-garde composer Ginastera and later played with one of the most famous tango orchestras, one of the greatest tango orchestras of the late 30's and 40's; the Anibal Troilo orchestra.

From this rich and musically varied background, Piazzolla brings a fresh sense of jazz and a startling sonority that is ultra-modern yet of course rooted completely in the tango tradition. There is a bit of the Ginastera playfulness in his compositions, and a real sense of jazz supported by the classical structure. Piazzola won a prize at Montreaux in 1986.

This CD is entirely Piazzolla compositions, giving a great sense of the composer's light touch, humor and delicacy of arrangement. This is a historic musical album, a must for the student of both jazz and Twentieth-Century "serious" music.

Joanna Daneman

2-0 out of 5 stars The New Tango
I was quite disappointed in it. Definitely not for dancing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect - Absolutely Perfect!
This is amongst the most beautiful, profound and moving music which has ever been produced from any genre this century. Allying the great creativity and expressiveness of Piazzolla with the more jazzy sensibilities of Burton has allowed the transgressing of musical boundaries to create something wonderful. I won't point out individual favourites because all compositions are brilliant. Oh alright, I will! "Milonga is Coming" is superb - check out how Burton's solo is prepared within the overall arrangement.

Consisting almost entirely of original Piazzolla compositions this entire CD is nothing less than perfect throughout and in many ways represents a peak of Piazzolla's output recorded, as it was, fairly late in his career. In my opinion Piazzolla just kept on improving right up to the end. The later works represent such a creative and broad array of music that he seemed to be able to effortlessly incorporate other influences without ever diluting his searing musical intensity.

Pizzolla, even during his early career in the '40s was an avid arranger and even before he was known as a composer was much sought after by band leaders of that era to make new, innovative arrangements. I reflect on that fact here because of how naturally the vibes of Burton are brought into the overall sounds - this is really excellently handled to the point where Burton sounds as if he had been playing with Piazzolla for decades. Piazzolla's 40+ years of arranging experience was put to excellent use here.

This is very much a quintet and not just Piazzolla and Burton with backing unit. Accordingly it would be ungrateful and churlish not to mention the other great musicians here, not for the sake of completeness but to highlight their key contributions. First amongst these would be Fernando Suarez Paz for his soaring and perfectly judged violin part. I'd also mention Pablo Ziegler for his great contribution on piano. Both of these musicians have gone on to contribute great music since this production.

If you are a fan of either Piazzolla or Burton you must buy this. If you enjoy listening to the best music you must buy this. For the paltry outlay (...)you will be able to listen to this music for the rest of your lives. Now that's what I call a bargain!

Just buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wacky Combination Works
The sound of the New Tango Quintet is significantly changed with the addition of Burton's vibes (he toured with Piazzolla extensively) - a lot of the faster material benefits from the bubbly sound of attacking mallets and the slower, more moody sections get a spooky accent from the resonating vibes. Its obvious all the players share the same sonic vision as they move in & out of dissonance, from soft to raucous dynamics. Burton is worth checking out for his many other projects (latest="Virtuosi"); he is total class.

In a number of these pieces I'm struck by the sweetness of Fernando Suarez Paz's violin playing which can descend into eery sound effects. And of course there's Astor's propulsive bandoneon underneath.

As with all Piazzolla, this recoriding is full of feeling - very modern, ordered with plenty of logic but underneath it all lies a savage, incontrovertible animal instinct.

5-0 out of 5 stars ¡Tengo que tango!
Astor Piazolla took the tango to a whole new level and this recording is a great taste of this wonderful music. It is exciting and engaging and great listening! This is World Class stuff! ... Read more


20. Lo Mejor de Lo Mejor [Begui]
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5-0 out of 5 stars belleza de la interpretación
Cuando escuché por primera vez este pianista, quede impresionado
por la limpieza del sonido y lo melodioso de su interpretación
asi que decidí adquirir "LO MEJOR DE LO MEJOR " de Enrique Chia.
En mi pais no lo he conseguido. ... Read more


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