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.
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.