Finnish Tango

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An interesting album of tango by way of Scandinavia. The genre of tango has enjoyed reasonable success in Finland now and then over the decades, led by figures such as Toivo Karki and Unto Mononen, European counterparts to Troilo and Piazzolla to some degree. There's a heavy dose of jazz informing the music largely thanks to Karki's influence, who they play a few numbers from, and some hint of European perhaps French song as well. The tango is more jazz-driven in general than most other versions of it, and focuses on the harmonies somewhat more than, say, Piazzolla who was more often interested in the sheer sonic possibilities and combinations within the melody. For ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An interesting album of tango by way of Scandinavia. The genre of tango has enjoyed reasonable success in Finland now and then over the decades, led by figures such as Toivo Karki and Unto Mononen, European counterparts to Troilo and Piazzolla to some degree. There's a heavy dose of jazz informing the music largely thanks to Karki's influence, who they play a few numbers from, and some hint of European perhaps French song as well. The tango is more jazz-driven in general than most other versions of it, and focuses on the harmonies somewhat more than, say, Piazzolla who was more often interested in the sheer sonic possibilities and combinations within the melody. For tango in general, a newcomer should go straight to the origin with Gardel, Troilo, Piazzolla, etc. If you are already acquainted with the genre, however, this album of Finns would make a worthwhile addition to your collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Arc Music
  • UPC: 743037183024
  • Catalog Number: 1830
  • Sales rank: 391,003

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tango Orkesteri Unto Primary Artist
Maria Kalaniemi Accordion, Group Member
Timo Alakotila Piano, Group Member
Mauno Järvelä Violin, Group Member
Petri Hakala Guitar, Group Member
Hannu Rantanen Bass, Double Bass, Group Member
Mervi Hiltunen Background Vocals
Anna-Mari Kähärän Background Vocals
Pirjo Aittomäki Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
How Many Sisters Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Maria Kalaniemi Arranger
Timo Alakotila Arranger, Producer
Pauli Saastamoinen Mastering
Michel Emer Composer
Jesse Reuben Wilson Cover Design
Joseph Kosma Composer
Anna-Mari Kähärän Arranger
Traditional Composer
Pirjo Aittomäki Liner Notes
Unto Mononen Composer
Juha Vainio Composer
Reino Helismaa Composer
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