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Astor Piazzolla Remixed

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The genius of modern tango, Astor Piazzolla, is remixed , reinterprated, revisited by some of the best contemporary electronic producers of the moment.

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If the mark of true musical genius is a potent combination of timelessness and universality, then the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla stands near the summit with other, more celebrated, masters. Before his death in 1992, the classically-trained, jazz-influenced Piazzolla was known for revolutionizing tango, reinventing a largely provincial dance music and spreading it at concert halls worldwide. Little wonder that since his death a wide variety of jazz and classical performers (Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kramer, Emmanuel Ax, and Al DiMeola) have recorded albums devoted to Piazzolla's music. Perhaps more surprising, but fitting in its own way, is the recent embrace of nuevo tango by a global army of dance-club deejays, many of whom appear on Astor Piazzolla Remixed. After all, tango was originally born as a dance between two men in the bordellos of Buenos Aires, and the deejays on Remixed--hailing from New York, London, Paris, Stockholm, and Helsinki--are simply reclaiming the music’s past while simultaneously propelling it into the future. Thankfully, all fifteen interpreters are respectful without lapsing into the reverential; they cut and paste the primary elements of Piazzolla’s music –bandoneon, violin, piano, contrabass, and guitar—into new sonic shapes, adding dance beats and a polyglot range of vocals that often meld together seamlessly. Particularly good are the soul-infused take on "Milonga" by New York deejay and ordained African priest Osunlade; the Detroit techno-Latin hybrid of "Revirado" by John Beltran; and the symphonic scat jazz of "Verano Porteno" by Nuspirit Helsinki. Not all the tracks will win instant acceptance from long-time Piazzolla fans: London drum 'n' bass duo 4Hero turn "El Viaje" into four-on-the-floor disco that edges closer to Donna Summer than anything the late composer might recognize. But then, such complaints probably sound similar to the opposition Piazzolla faced when he first pulled traditional tango apart and refashioned it to his own liking in the mid-'50s. All told, Astor Piazzolla Remixed is a worthy tribute to a great composer. --Keith Moerer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude
  2. Vuelvo al Sur
  3. El Tango
  4. Luna (Full Moon Remix)
  5. Prelude Fugue VMM (Zeb vs Piazzolla mix)
  6. Ej Viaje
  7. Milong del Angel
  8. Milonga
  9. Revirado
  10. Tanguedia 3
  11. Verano Porteno
  12. Resurreccion del Angel (Libertango mix)
  13. Calambre
  14. Ballad para Mi Muerte
  15. Duo de Amor


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Milan Records
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000CD5HP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BIG F*NG NOTE PEOPLE~~ this is just an astor piazzolla INFLUENCED acid jazz album; not an astor piazzolla REMIXED album. the only songs I like are #2(...bossa nova sounding and repetitive) & 4(... not really tango; more dub/strings/trip hop). A remix album should have at least 50% original material with accents...this just contains 6 second loops of original Piazzolla material used as a sort of "spine" to build up the rest of the meager songs. Track 8 is so lame all the guy says is "said I wanna be dancin witcha baby"...freakin' annoying! But I guess if your into elevator music this is a good album.
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This album contains "Piazolla-Remixes". Some of the artists are well-known in the electronic/techno/trip-hop -world, their sounds and beats are very cool. But those people have no idea what tango is. So the mixes are neither real tango nor piazzolla, but there are some tracks you can actually dance tango to.

I gave it four stars because it's one of the best electrotango-cds concerning the "electro" and not the "tango" part.

Chicho "Mariano" Frumboli e.g, the famous inventor of a new tango dance style, uses this Cd often in his workshops - and this guy understands a lot about music..
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This is tango tourism at its most commercial - the producer asked twenty electronic bands to make some tracks incorporating tango themes. Nobody involved with the project from start to finish had a single idea about tango except that they could use it to sell a few records. Relentlessly boring.
If you want to hear some good electronic tango music start with Gotan (ASIN: B00008NRL8) & Carlos Libedinsky's "Narcotango" (ASIN: B0001WPSBS). "Bajo Fondo Tango Club" (ASIN: B00007M5CO) is also interesting.
If you want to hear a good Piazzolla album: "Tango Oblivion" on the European label Music Club MCCD165 (ASIN: B0000072WS) was the best but it's no longer available. Try "The Essential Tangos" on Manteca (ASIN: B0000AVSXG) instead.
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I love the music of Astor Piazzolla in it's original form and when I first heard of the Gotan Project I was first to jump at getting there CD Revancha Del Tango and listening to their excellent album as they had incorporated alot of elements of tango music and even Astor Piazzolla's music into their own release. It was only right for a remixed set of Astor Piazzolla's music to get released and what an awesome release it is. It's got some great remixes! The track Vuelvo Al Sur remixed by Koop is amazing and sounds so relaxing and beautiful. Another great remix on here is Prelude Fugue VMM by Zeb. It's sexy with lot's of accordion samples and a downbeat groove to turn out to be perfection! El Viaje is another perfect remix by 4 Hero. It kick starts with the beats and then becomes this moody downbeat track like it's the soundtrack to a film. Just plain terrific! Other great tracks included here are Luna (Full Moon Remix) by Alexxkid, Verano Porteno by Nuspirit Helsinki and Tanguedia by Nickodemus and Osiris. Overall an excellent release worth owning if you are at all into world beat, chill out/downtempo, electronica and or remixes.

SJ

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Other than Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla is probably one of the best known tango writers and musicians. I purchased this CD because some selections were contained in Aubade's "Lecons de Tango." I liked Aubade's "Lecons de Tango," but I do not like this CD much.

This is not tango music, it is more along the lines of electronica / club music that is inspired by Piazzolla. It has what I consider to be almost a totally European flavor. I do not mean to disparage European music. I lived in Europe for 17 months and had a lot of fun dancing, but the music was not tango or neo-tango. This CD lacks the strong tango dance rhythms. But if you like European-style club music, you may like this CD.

To my mind, the best selections on this disk are Hi Perspective's "El Tango", Alexkid's "Luna," Koop's "Vuelvo al Sur." Those pieces are not, in and of themselves, good reasons for buying this CD. From now on, I will rely on recommendations from Sharna Fabiano's Neo-tango DJ list or Jackie Wong's Neo-tango zone.
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