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The New Tango

Astor Piazzolla

1987

The New Tango

Album Summary

Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla (Spanish pronunciation: [pjaˈsola], Italian pronunciation: [pjatˈtsɔlla]; March 11, 1921 – July 4, 1992) was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His works revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles. In 1992, American music critic Stephen Holden described Piazzolla as "the world's foremost composer of Tango music".

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Rating

2.83

Votes

3231

Genres

  • World
  • Jazz
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4

If you had told me that today I was going to listen to a live album by an Argentinian tango composer and bandoneon player in collaboration with a renowned vibraphonist, and that I would really enjoy it, I would have called you crazy and kicked you out of my house. But this was really, really good. I'm a sucker for melancholy violin music, and with the vibraphone that makes an unexpectedly nice combination. And the bandoneon, an instrument I had never heard of until today, adds a nice touch as well. Surprisingly, I'm going with 4 stars on this one.

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5

Very cool

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5

Tango was already perfect. Did we really need a new Tango? Turns out maybe we did. This album is a delight. Playing around with classical tango sounds, tossing in some vibraphone just to be cheeky, and towing the line between classical and avant garde perfectly. I'm a sucker for any kind of Tango music like this. Reminded me a lot of Gotan Project, for example. Easy 5 stars for me even though I can see why this wouldn't work for a lot of people.

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5

Simply brilliant! Magical and mesmerizing

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5

Vibes aren't everyone's favorite, but I like this music

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5

Initially sceptical that I needed to hear any tango, let alone new tango, I must say the sheer power and beauty of this Nuevo Tango record was staggering. I don’t think there is a piece of music quite like it - passionate, powerful and deep - a jazz recording, a classical composition, nigh impossible to categorise. I found it to be captivating and could not stop listening. A work of art.

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5

What a find. Wow.

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4

Idk what that is but its amazing!

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4

A very pleasant album. I love the contributions by Gary Burton and the (unknown) violinist. To me it's a cross between tango, jazz and chamber music. It's hard to believe people could dance to this, but I saw a New Tango show in Buenos Aires a couple of decades ago, and the dancing was as adventurous as the playing.

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4

Je m'attendais pas à ça ce matin Prefs: Milonga is Coming, Little Italy, Operation Tango Moins pref: Vibraphonissimo

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4

Never would have listened to this if it wasn’t on the list. Sometimes it’s really nice to listen to some great musicians like this even if it is way out of my usual style.

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4

Gorgeous. Cinematic. Knew Piazzolla from his guitar works, but was expecting to enjoy this. Biased towards live recordings as well, but still a great record. Vibraphone haters stay away.

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4

Beautiful compositions! In my mind this is the soundtrack for a chill soulsborne game where you don't fight giant scary monsters with gaping mouths of death, but where you might sit and have a cup of tea, and just enjoy the day around you, but the lighting is the same :)) 5? Or a Witcher game placed in Argentina where you have to outdance your opponent in a tango to the death, the violin and the bandonéon makes for a beautiful top and the piano puts a dark foundation to the mix. A solid 4

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4

This one was a pleasant surprise. Tango is super nice to work to, and I really love the vibraphone so that helped!! Loved the classical influence as well.

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4

vibes (vibraphone)

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4

Disco ao vivo flui muito bem e demonstra a força da melodia do tango envolvido com jazz.

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4

Tim Burton meets the Fifties is the vibe I got from this. But in a good way. Very impressive for a live album.

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4

Well, what can one say about nuevo tango (or any tango) – you either dig it or you don't. This is intense, both in the driving passages and the melanchoic suspensions (where it sounds like the composer is questioning himself). GB adds a swing and ligthness to a form that can get somber and rigid. One hasn't the authority to say whether this should be included or excluded to other milestones of the genre (or sub-genre), but surely there must be room for more. The setting at Montreux would seem to add to both the intensity (of which neuvo tango had plenty) and the occassion. "Laura's Dream" is a highlight.

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3

not my cup of tea

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3

kinda neat

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3

Fun instrumental. Great background music.

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3

Best Song: Nuevo Tango. Very uptempo, jazzy tango. Not what I imagined tango to be. Worst Song: Little Italy. An alright song that has its moments, but overstays its welcome with an overly long, slowly diminishing outro. Overall: Some much appreciated diversity in this list, even if it isn't music to which I would typically listen. Still, I will definitely consider it for background working or dinner music.

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3

Gary Burton is a magician on the vibes. This was a long album but an album where it’s mostly background music for working.

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3

Rating: 6/10

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3

VIBIN (get it?) to what I assume has been used as the soundtrack to a quirky indie movie at least once

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3

It's an okay background listen.

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3

Not my kind of thing at all. Accordion Latin Jazz is fairly low on my list of things to listen to. That said, the musicianship was great, and I enjoyed it more than I expected.

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3

The first track is a little slow and seem like they don't actually want to start. Meditative, reflective. I like the use of dissonance during the whole thing, "Vibraphonissimo"

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3

I feel left wanting more from this album.. not in terms of length, but of ideas. There’s a lot of really interesting grooves and bits and pieces on here, but they end up being fleeting and quickly turn back to something more mundane. 5/10

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3

A bit of a hard one to judge. I don't listen to tango music very often... or at all I guess. It has a movie scoring vibe to it, which I guess is kinda fitting as it just played in the background. I thought tango was about dancing? This would be hard to keep time to, surely. Was hard to discern a beat a lot of the time. 3/5 for at least being something new to me.

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3

Verra pleasant

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3

Jazz meets Tango. I'm not a fan of both these genres. While I enjoyed the first track quite a bit, i found the second one unbearable - seems I'm not a fan of the vibraphone either. But this pattern continues somewhat - some tracks are really OK, others are Jazz (with a capital J) for the sake of it; rambling on much too long without strucure or aim. At least the Montreux audience seemed to like it. For me it was a mixed bag. 2.5/5

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3

Banging vibes and concertina thing, weird little percussion noises in the background. Surprisingly interesting and varied overall. Good background 60s party music.

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3.5 - I imagine this is what Dr. Frasier Crain listens to at the end of a long day should he come home to an empty apartment. He’ll slip out of his beige sport jacket and Italian cordovan loafers. He may pour himself a glass of Lagavulin 16 and sit back in his Eames chair as he reaches for the remote to turn on his 5-CD changer. He may even page through the Sharper Image catalog on his coffee table.

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3

The album is entirely instrumental. It was good instrumental music. I wouldn't describe any of the music as iconic or really memorable. It was alright. I wouldn't pick to listen to this again but I didn't mind it.

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3

Such a cool and fresh undertaking of tango with a wild combination of instruments. Definitely not going to be a regular play but I'm much better for having heard this

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3

Not what I expected from a live Tango album. This was a pleasant listen, and I could get into what merits it's inclusion on this list opposed to other Tango albums. But I'll sit back and enjoy this one for now. 3.5/5.

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J'ai adoré ce petit morceau de jazz distillé de bon matin, même si cela ne suffira pas à me faire oublier l'indigestion subie à la découverte du gateau Sly & The Family Stone.

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Wasn't particularly taken with this one

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This is a joke, right? Why am I listening to this? I'm sure it's great if you like the tango, but I'm really not interested at all.

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2

Det var för dåligt och konstigt. Muzak.

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Hör att det nog är coolt och intressant lyssning. Orkar inte

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Varför förstöra bra dragspelsmusik med en massa plingplong

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??? Roll on tomorrow.... Cover art 0/5

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Today I learned that a bandoneon isn't an accordion. I was never a big fan of Piazzolla's brand of tango / jazz and although Gary Burton adds some welcome variety, this album didn't resonate with me.

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Once the second song starts it's clear the musicians know how to play and if there's any doubt, the title track reinforces the point.  I guess I'm glad someone had the skills to make this and I'm sure there are those who really like the music. For me, I quite like it if one song featuring a vibraphone is mixed into an album but a whole album of it is a little hard to listen to. 

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Cultura general

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There's "here's an acknowledged classic of a genre you may not know well" and then there's "here's a piece of music that's almost intentionally impenetrable so you can feel dumb when you don't get it."

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Sounds like music in an old animated film. Didn't hold my attention and became background noise.

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Oh perfect, just what I need to hear. A minimalist classical album in the style and form of tango... classified as "new tango." I can hear influences from 70s folk and pop music (maybe just the classic vibraphone abuse), and it's a bit accessible but mostly boring with some slight remarkable variations. Beautiful here and chaotic there. Favorites: Nuevo Tango, Laura's Dream

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Meh 2

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What makes this special? It isn’t bad, but I’ve heard hundreds of albums that aren’t on this list, that are better than this. 2/5

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1

Eh. Listened to it. Feel like I completed a task.

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My wife: "Someone's just doing the demo track on a keyboard."

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It is like Lightning Bolt but for Jazz and it is live. Got through half the album and almost fell asleep.

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Another one that I just don’t have the musical language to appreciate, maybe. But really really not for me.

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Like being in an elevator for an hour.

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I tired but yeah this was a tough one.

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I cant. I just cant.

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