Gotan Project: Tríptico




Gotan Project


La Revancha del Tango (XL Records 164)

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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)


Composed by Philippe Cohen Solal


Recorded: No info given (CD released in 2001)


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

How odd that the most popular tango band of the new millennium is a Paris-based ensemble founded by a French DJ. Yet Philippe Cohen Solal, composer of this track and driving force behind Gotan Project, presciently understood that tango could serve as an ingredient in an electrified, groove-oriented world fusion sound. Heck, how many tango bands dare cover a Frank Zappa tune? When the producers of the hit film Shall We Dance looked for a tango for a sensual dance scene featuring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, they didn't pick Piazzolla, but rather a sultry number from this band. La Revancha del Tango has sold more than a million copies, and has ushered in a new era of electro-tango, where the programmer is as important as the bandoneón player. Sometimes this band gets too close to background music for my tastes, but this edgy track, the longest performance from the group's debut CD, has a jazzy feel and relentless groove. Will Gotan Project have staying power? The verdict is still out. But no matter what the future holds for this band, tango music will never be the same.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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