Entertainment Weekly - 3/13/98, p.73
"...Working with members of Piazzolla's crack ensembles, Burton reverently addresses the romantic temperament that infused all the work of the great composer and bandoneon virtuoso." - Rating: B
Down Beat - 5/98, p.603.5 stars (out of 5)
- "...Burton and this largely Argentine cast...do their best to put a faithful touch on this music, to imbue it with the innate sadness and aching beauty that is so much a part of the tango and Piazzolla's vision of it..."
The track "Mi Refugio," features Gary Burton overdubbed on a rare solo performance by Astor Piazzolla.
Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Daniel Binelli, Marcelo Nisinman, Astor Piazzolla (bandoneon); Fernando Suarez-Paz (violin); Pablo Ziegler, Makoto Ozone, Nicolas Ledesma (piano); Horacio Malvicino (guitar); Hector Console (bass).
Recorded at El Pie Recording Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina from December 2-5, 1996. Includes liner notes by Horacio Ferrer, Laura Escalada Piazzolla and Fernando Gonzalez.
Personnel: Gary Burton (vibraphone); Horacio Malvicino (guitar); Fernando Su rez Paz (violin); Daniel Binelli, Astor Piazzolla, Marcelo Nisinman (bandoneon); Makoto Ozone, Nicolas Ledesma, Pablo Ziegler (piano).
Audio Mixer: Bill Scheniman.
Liner Note Authors: Fernando Gonzalez; Laura Encalada Piazzolla; Horacio Ferrer.
Recording information: Pie Recording Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina (12/02/1996-12/05/1996).
Illustrator: Robert W. Richards.
Arrangers: Daniel Binelli; Horacio Malvicino.
Gary Burton has had many stellar moments over the years, and in the 1990s, one of his finest achievements was Astor Piazzolla Reunion, a heartfelt tribute to the late Argentinean tango innovator and bandoneon master. Having toured and recorded with Piazzolla in the 1980s, Burton clearly had a strong appreciation of his legacy, and that appreciation comes through in a major way on arrangements of "Tanguedia," "Romance Del Diablo," and other gems by Piazzolla (whose risk-taking approach to tango generated as much controversy in tango circles as Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane did in jazz). But as passionately as Burton expresses his love of Piazzolla's distinctive music, the vibist's own identity doesn't become buried or obscured. The CD's only major flaw is "Mi Refugio"; Burton has taken Piazzolla's 1970 solo performance of that Juan Carlos Cobian classic and overdubbed his vibes to make it sound like they're performing a duet. Even if Burton had the best of intentions, the end result is deception and cheap, crude exploitation. But otherwise, this album is outstanding. ~ Alex Henderson