Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton: Milonga is Coming

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Milonga is Coming

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Astor Piazzolla and Gary Burton

CD

The New Tango (Atlantic 81823)

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Musicians:

Astor Piazzolla (bandoneon), Gary Burton (vibes).

Composed by Astor Piazzolla

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Recorded: Montreux, Switzerland, July, 1986

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Gary Burton had worked in Stan Getz's band in the 1960s, and saw firsthand how Getz's advocacy of bossa nova and willingness to collaborate with Brazilian musicians had revitalized his career and created a sensation in the music world. Two decades after leaving Getz, Burton embarks on a similar venture with the greatest Argentinean musician of the modern era, the brilliant tango composer and performer Astor Piazzolla. This promising meeting of jazz music and nuevo tango did not climb to the top of the charts, and posed no commercial match for that tall & tan & young & lovely girl who strolled past the Veloso bar-cafe in Rio. But this is a important recording, nonetheless, and one wishes that it had led to follow-up projects of similar scope. Burton here adapts to Piazzolla's compositions, and does so admirably, although with perhaps a little too much respect -- after all, Getz himself was fond of saying that irreverence was an essential attribute of a great jazz player. Maybe a dose of it would have been in place in this setting. I would have liked to hear one or two numbers in which the roles were reversed, with the great bandone√≥nist and his colleagues immersed in some heady modern jazz tunes; or perhaps (heaven forbid) a jazzier assault on one of Piazzolla's own cherished numbers.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Felix // Sep 07, 2008 at 11:02 PM
    Great comment, for great music. But: when yoou said "and posed no commercial match for that tall & tan & young & lovely girl who strolled past the Veloso bar-cafe in Rio"... The Tango is an argentinean music, so, the "Veloso bar-cafe" is suppose to be in Buenos Aires (Rio is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Sorry for my basic english. F.