Astor Piazzolla Reunion: A Tango Excursion

Astor Piazzolla Reunion: A Tango Excursion

by Gary BurtonGary Burton


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Gary Burton has had many stellar moments over the years, and in the 1990s, one of his finest achievements was Astor Piazzolla Reunion, a heartfelt tribute to the late Argentinean tango innovator and bandoneon master. Having toured and recorded with Piazzolla in the 1980s, Burton clearly had a strong appreciation of his legacy, and that appreciation comes through in a major way on arrangements of "Tanguedia," "Romance Del Diablo," and other gems by Piazzolla (whose risk-taking approach to tango generated as much controversy in tango circles as Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane did in jazz). But as passionately as Burton expresses his love of Piazzolla's distinctive music, the vibist's own identity doesn't become buried or obscured. The CD's only major flaw is "Mi Refugio"; Burton has taken Piazzolla's 1970 solo performance of that Juan Carlos Cobian classic and overdubbed his vibes to make it sound like they're performing a duet. Even if Burton had the best of intentions, the end result is deception and cheap, crude exploitation. But otherwise, this album is outstanding.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/1998
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431479321
catalogNumber: 4793
Rank: 89360

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Burton   Primary Artist,Vibes
Astor Piazzolla   Bandoneon
Makoto Ozone   Piano
Daniel Binelli   Bandoneon
Hector Console   Bass
Horacio Malvicino   Guitar
Pablo Ziegler   Piano
Horacio Ferrer   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Nicolas Ledesma   Piano
Marcelo Jaime Nisinman   Bandoneon
Fernando Suárez Paz   Violin

Technical Credits

Gary Burton   Producer
Daniel Binelli   Arranger
John Burk   Executive Producer
Horacio Malvicino   Arranger
Fernando Gonzalez   Liner Notes
Horacio Ferrer   Liner Notes
Robert W. Richards   Illustrations
Laura Encalada Piazzolla   Liner Notes
Marcelo Morano   Producer
Jorge Da Silva   Engineer

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