Edición Crítica: Piazzolla... o no?

Edición Crítica: Piazzolla... o no?

by Astor Piazzolla


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Edición Crítica: Piazzolla... o no?

If you can read the enclosed booklet, written in Japanese, or can translate the Spanish liner notes, you'll know the entire story behind this 1961 recording by Astor Piazzolla. What is easy to discover is that this session has the legendary bandoneon player primarily as an equal sideman in a quintet, backing up several singers, and performing tango music he, for the most part, did not compose. Much in the spirit of the somewhat mod early '60s, this date is full of popular tango style tunes that hint at the even more dramatic nuevo tango Piazzolla would progress into. Violinist Elvino Vardaro works closely with Piazzolla in a cooperative effort where either one of them could be the ostensible leader, but fit beautifully together. The pianist Jaime Gosis and bassist Kicho Díaz lend rhythmic support, as there is no drummer or percussionist. Starting with instrumentals, the band warms to the task on the violin led, drama soaked "Preparense," one of only two compositions by Piazzolla. Then vocalist Nelly Vazquez joins as an equal partner for "Bandoneon Arrabalero" before the group plays the faux waltz "Redencion." The other Piazzolla tune, "Truinfal," is a classic stroller's piece, with violin leading the bandoneon, guitar, and then the whole band. The CD contains bonus tracks -- two with singer Daniel Riolobos and four featuring the vocals of Hector De Rosas. The musicianship remains high, but the singing, not so much, as it tends to be more of a Spanish croon. Riolobos holds an elegant, staccato grandeur, while De Rosas is somewhat subdued. Rhythmically there's a limited dynamic range, even for tango, and the steady 4/4 beats rarely waver. There's an obvious deep passion and romanticism, especially on "Maria," the haunting heartbreak during "Sur," and defiance as exhibited by the bouncy piano of Gosis on "El Arranque." It's interesting to hear Piazzolla -- the interpreter -- on this set of tunes that do sound a bit dated, but are distinctly in his comfort zone.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2007
Label: Rca Victor Europe
UPC: 0828767426020
catalogNumber: 674260
Rank: 289600

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Astor Piazzolla   Primary Artist,Bandoneon
Daniel Riolobos   Vocals
Oscar Lopez Ruiz   Electric Guitar
Jaime Gosis   Piano
Nelly Vazquez   Vocals
Elvino Vardaro   Violin
Kicho Díaz   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Aníbal Troilo   Composer
Carlos Gardel   Composer
Mariano Mores   Composer
Lucio Demare   Composer
Jose Marquez   Composer
Homero Manzi   Composer
Agustin Bardi   Composer
Jesus Fernandez Blanco   Composer
Enrique Cadicamo   Composer
Cátulo Castillo   Composer
Juan Carlos Cobian   Composer
Jose Maria Contursi   Composer
Pascual Contursi   Composer
Juan de Ambrogio   Composer
Julio de Caro   Composer
Enrique Santos Discépolo   Composer
Juan de Dios Filiberto   Composer
Alfredo Gobbi   Composer
Alfredo Le Pera   Composer
Diego Fischerman   Liner Notes
Ricardo Luis Brignolo   Composer
Ricardo Podestá   Composer
Ernesto Ponzio   Composer
Oscar Zito   Composer
Mario César Gomila   Composer

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