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Many Good Reasons To Buy
on December 5, 2006
Though I am familiar with the work of both Tomatito and Michel Camilo, I didn't even know this collaboration existed until I recently spied it in the racks at a well-known book and music chain. Then, as soon as I saw that the duo performed a tribute to Astor Piazzolla, I had to have it. So I went home, got on amazon, and found it much cheaper here from one of the amazon partners than at the book store and ordered it immediately.
It arrived from Argentina in about a week and I anticipated pure bliss while inserting it into the CD player. And mostly, I was not disappointed.
Here's what I like best:
1)Libertango-Camilo and Tomatito deliver just over four minutes of sonic wizardry. Libertango is one of the most internationally famous of Piazzolla compositions, and this rendition just dazzles.
2)Fuga Y Misterio-A very technically challenging Piazzolla piece. It always reminds me of something Frank Zappa might have written had he been Argentine. Camilo and Tomatito give an exquisite rendering.
3)Adios Nonino-Probably THE most covered Piazzolla piece and the most personally meaningful to El Troesma himself. I've heard many different interpretations of this, at least a dozen of them by Piazzolla himself. This rendition is starkly reminiscent of the rare version which features Piazzolla and guitarist Cacho Tirao.
4)Twilight Glow-An escape to serenity for when the lights are low. Think Al DiMeola in one of his acoustic moods.
5)A Los Nietos-Dedicated to Pat Metheny but again strongly suggestive of Al DiMeola. Excellent!
6)La Fiesta-I first heard this Chick Corea composition on a Stan Getz album. I liked it then and I like even more the interpretation given here.
About the only cuts I didn't care for were the opening Gardel classic El Dia Que Me Quieras which I find too subdued, and the unappealing vocals featured on Amor de Conuco.
As you can see, there are many good reasons to buy this CD and no good reason not to. If you are here, you must have a passing interest in at least one of the featured musicians. And quite likely, you are either a jazz fan a la Corea or Di Meola, or you have come here for the Piazzolla tangos.
There are certainly a lot of reasons I like Spain Again, so it will be in heavy playing rotation for months to come. Check it out, you should not be disappointed!