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Quadro Nuevo – Tango Bitter Sweet (2007 32/192 Lossless)

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Quadro Nuevo - Tango Bitter Sweet (2007 32/192 Lossless)

Quadro Nuevo – Tango Bitter Sweet (2007 32/192 Lossless)

Artist: Quadro Nuevo
Album: Tango Bitter Sweet
Release/Reissue: 2007
Genre: Jazz, Tango

A1. L’Été Indien
A2. Swing Vagabond
A3. Petite Fleur
A4. Tango Bitter Sweet
B1. Paroles, Paroles
B2. The Windmills Of Your Mind
B3. Tango Jalousie
B4. Avant De Mourir’ – Son Nefes
B5. Sabre Dance – Säbeltanz – Danse Du Sabre
C1. Malafemmena
C2. Milonga Tati
C3. Et Maintenant
C4. An Einem Winterabend
C5. Isla De Las Mujeres
D1. Müde Sonne – Ta Ostatnia Niedziela – Утомленное Солнце
D2. The Story Of A Sad Sunday – Die Geschichte Eines Traurigen Sonntags: Gloomy Sunday
D3. The Story Of A Sad Sunday – Die Geschichte Eines Traurigen Sonntags: Afternoon
D4. The Story Of A Sad Sunday – Die Geschichte Eines Traurigen Sonntags: At Night
D5. Bonus Track From The CD Quadro Nuevo “Mocca Flor”: Miserlou

There was a time when doing something experimental in tango could not only result in bad reviews from music critics who didn’t understand what you were doing — it could also result in bodily harm. The late Astor Piazzolla, often hailed as the Charlie Parker of tango, was literally beaten up in the streets of Buenos Aires by opponents who disliked his vision of tango (which was a major departure from the old-school tango of Carlos Gardel, Carlos Di Sarli, Aníbal Troilo and Hugo del Carril). But these days, Piazzolla-minded tango is very much the norm — and tango enthusiasts are unlikely to resort to fisticuffs even if an artist does something expansive that they don’t comprehend. The word “expansive” easily applies to Quadro Nuevo, a European tango-oriented quartet that takes a lot of chances on their 2006 recording Tango Bitter Sweet.

This 69-minute CD has a strong Piazzolla influence, which is hardly unusual in the 21st century; the tiny, insignificant minority of people who still consider Piazzolla a musical heretic are like the tiny, insignificant minority of people who still believe that Dixieland is the only legitimate form of jazz. What makes Tango Bitter Sweet unusual is the way Quadro Nuevo combines that Piazzolla influence with so many non-tango influences; during the course of the album, elements of Piazzolla are blended with everything from Brazilian samba to French chanson to Italian and Mediterranean folk to jazz.


One of the selections, in fact, is an intriguing arrangement of Sidney Bechet’s “Petite Fleur” — and there are plenty of other songs on this disc that originated outside of tango but receive a tango makeover, including Michel Legrand’s “The Windmills of Your Mind” and Rezso Seress’ “Gloomy Sunday” (a Hungarian gem that found its way to jazz after receiving English lyrics and being recorded by Artie Shaw and Billie Holiday in the early ’40s). But Tango Bitter Sweet, for all its risk-taking, is ultimately a very charming and accessible album. The solos are quite lyrical, and Tango Bitter Sweet is happily recommended to anyone who is seeking something fresh from tango.

Accordion, Melodica [Vibrandoneon], Piano – Andreas Hinterseher
Acoustic Bass, Percussion, Vocals – D.D. Lowka
Guitar – Robert Wolf
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Saxophone [C-Melody Sax], Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Mandolin, Vibraphone – Mulo Francel