From NPR/music and WBGO, Jazz 88, Newark: “Strike Up The Bandoneon! Jazz For Squeezebox”


by Simon Rentner at A Blog Supreme
July 22, 2011

“If Argentine composer and performer Astor Piazzolla didn’t exist, the subgenre of “Nueva Tango” — a mix of tango, classical and jazz — wouldn’t, either, nor would this taster of accordion jazz. Piazzolla created a massive canon, influencing generations of bandoneon players after him, and he rejuvenated Argentina’s greatest musical tradition and export.

Astor Piazzolla

However, it was Piazzolla’s formative years in New York’s Greenwich Village — soaking in the swing of the 1930s — that often informs his style, a jazzier sound he leaned to during his later years.”

See the full article, complete with audio and video, here.