Gotan Project: Chunga's Revenge
La Revancha del Tango (XL Records 164)
Eduardo Makaroff (acoustic guitar), Nini Flores (bandoneon), Iine Kruse (violin), Gustavo Beytelmann (piano), Christph H. Muller (keyboards, bass, programming), Philippe Cohen Solal (keyboards, bass), Fabrizio Fenoglietto (bass), Edi Tomassi (percussion), Willy Crook (vocals).
Composed by Frank Zappa.
Recorded: No info given (CD released in 2001)
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
You know tango has arrived in the postmodern age when the bandoneón player starts up Frank Zappa's "Chunga's Revenge." Sacrilege? The fans don't think so. Paris-based Gotan Project has been the biggest-selling tango act of the new millennium, and the band has brought its iconoclastic music to enthusiastic audiences everywhere from Tokyo to Tel Aviv. After listening to Gotan Project, it's hard to remember why tango purists got so worked up about Astor Piazzolla. This band long ago went outside the gravitational pull of Carlos Gardel and Aníbal Troilo, crafting a new tango sound that is consciously looking beyond the tradition for different sources of inspiration. Gotan Project is especially skilled at crafting chill-out music with a piquant Argentinean flavor. So long, Buenos Aires, welcome World Fusion!
Reviewer: Ted Gioia