Sandra Luna: Che Bandoneón


Ché Bandoneón


Sandra Luna (vocals)


Tango Varón (Times Square Records 9038)

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Sandra Luna (vocals),

Julio Oscar Pane (bandoneón)


Composed by Aníbal Troilox and Homero Manzi


Recorded: Buenos Aires, March 23 - April 1, 2003


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

While prominent bands such Narcotango are updating the tango sound, Sandra Luna stays true to its traditions. On "Che Bandoneón" she resurrects a song by 1940s tango master Aníbal Troilo, and performs it in a stark, understated arrangement that contrasts markedly with her impassioned vocal work.

This remarkable artist began singing tango at age 11, but did not reach the international market until this release recorded in her mid-30s. Luna was raised in Mataderos, the slaughterhouse and stockyard barrio on the west side of Buenos Aires, and her music is permeated with what Unamuno called "the tragic sense of life." There is no softening irony here, just emotional fervor and a hard-won wisdom.

Listeners looking for easy-listening tango background music are advised to steer clear of this release, which is full of high drama and rhapsodic intensity. But if you want a soul-shaking immersion in tango canción of the modern day, check out this take-no-prisoners artist.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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