Title - ‘Astor Piazzolla Remixed’ (Milan)
Artist - Various
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. Fitting then 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. All told, Astor Piazzolla Remixed is a worthy tribute to a great composer.