by Chris May
Astor Piazzolla and Manos HadjidakisL'Ultime ConcertWarner Jazz2012Astor Piazzolla's international breakthrough albums, Tango: Zero Hour and The Rough Dancer And The Cyclical Night (Nonesuch, 1986 and 1991), were made with small groups, with which the bandoneonist and composer is still most commonly associated outside Argentina. But Piazzolla also wrote for and performed with larger ensembles, frequently so during the 1980s, towards the end of his life. L'Ultime Concert was recorded in Athens, Greece ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
A little bit of background, dear reader. The first four tracks on this album were written by Astor Piazzolla for a movie titled Pulsacion. The last five were utilized to augment the release of this CD and come from the “tango operita” Maria de Buenos Aires. Now it’s time to turn to the music.
Piazzolla extended the ambit of the tango without watering down its integrity or diminishing its strengths. In doing so the bandoneon player embodied it ...read more