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Astor Piazzolla Legacy

Tomás Cotik  Tao Lin

New Tango master Astor Piazzolla (11 March 1921–4 July 1992) packed a lot of living in his writing and his playing.

Tango is the music of Buenos Aires — but the man who would challenge so many of its traditions and clichés, and in doing so would bring it kicking and screaming into a new world, was not even a porteño, as the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called.

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Piazzolla in Brooklyn

Pibe

Masterpieces spark new work. Piazzolla in Brooklyn was inspired by a dreadful recording.
Take Me Dancing, a 1959 jazz tango album by New Tango master Astor Piazzolla, was dreadful. Astor Piazzolla said so.
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Tito Puente: The Complete RCA Recordings, Part 1

Tito P

Tito Puente: The Complete RCA Recordings, Part 1
Tito Puente

It’s an early summer Saturday afternoon in El Barrio, in New York and the guys have taken the chairs to the sidewalk, right on Second Avenue, right next to the Old Timers Lounge, and are just sitting around, hangin’ out, making plans for the big stickball tournament next week – and talking about Tito. They are loud. But as they bluster and laugh, they also mourn.

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Paquito D’Rivera plays the music of Armando Manzanero

Paquito & Manzanero
Paquito D´Rivera

“Jazz is not a what, it is a how,” said pianist Bill Evans.

It is a deceptively simple statement with profound implications. Rather than defining jazz by a certain canon — demanding, for example, that it includes a direct connection to the blues, have swing or some other distinctive, essential element — Evans suggests jazz as a way to do things, to relate to the world.

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The Noguchi Sessions

Noguchi

The Noguchi Sessions
Arturo O’Farrill

For some, each discipline in the arts is a self-contained universe, each with its own materials and tools and ruled by their own laws. But great art transcends — sometimes in unexpected ways.
Consider the reaction of pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill to the work of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988).

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Tango: Zero Hour

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Tango: Zero Hour
Astor Piazzolla and The New Tango Quintet

Astor Piazzolla imagined la hora cero as the time after midnight, “ an hour of absolute end and absolute beginning.”
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