David’s Review Corner, Nov. 2013

Review of Piazzolla: Tango Nuevo CD As an appointed expert on the music of the Argentinean composer, Astor Piazzolla, I have a steady trickle of new releases to review, this one among the very best. It starts out with the advantage of having the brilliant Argentinean violinist, Tomas Cotik, who is also responsible for most of the arrangements. The present performances ooze with the feel of smoochy dance halls of Argentina where the Tango began, and which was to form the basis of everything Piazzolla composed. Is it classical music? Well in the hands of Cotik it most certainly is, his technical command of the instrument absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility. As he bends notes and slides around to create the mood of the music, you begin to wonder what this duo could do for the great jazz classics, the Chinese-American pianist, Tao Lin, an ideal and outgoing partner…this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it. © 2013 David’s Review Corner ​David Denton READ MORE