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Genres: World Music, Soundtracks, Latin Music
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Mixed feelings about this disk.
Mark Hammond | Chambersburg, PA USA | 07/07/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first tango disk I ever purchased. Yes, I purchased it at the time I started to dance tango. No, it was not at the time I started to dance Argentine Tango, it was when I started to dance "ballroom tango." I was really impressed with the music as presented with Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman" and with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in "True Lies." I actually liked it so much that I purchased a second album by this group, "Two to Tango." Some time later, I was listening to the program "Schickele Mix" on NPR, and I heard a third album by Tango Project "White Rabbit," which is no longer available. It was really a cool sound, and I wish I could get a copy.About 18 months ago, my wife and I started to take Argentine Tango lessons in Washington, DC, and we began to listen to the real classics. Carlos Gardel (who wrote the original "Por una cabeza," Di Sarli, Canaro, Laurenz, Pugliese, etc. Then I changed my opinion of this disk. There is something missing. It would be much better if there was a bandoneon instead of an accordion. This is great music to listen to, but you may be disappointed if you are an A.T. purist. The tango purist wants the sound of the "orquesta tipica" if possible. If I were planning music for a milonga, I would not include this disk I really like the instrumental version of "Por una cabeza," and I regard Tango Project's version as one of my favorite [not including the wonderful original by Carlos Gardel]. I appreciate the fact that Tango Project was the group that initially sparked my interest in Argentine tango, and for that I am very grateful. I have nothing derrogatory to say about other pieces on the disk. As a matter of fact, they are pleasant, but I would prefer the "traditional sound" of a tango orchestra with bandoneon."
A lovely tango disc but it may not satisfy the purists.
satbodhi @ email@example.com | Auckland, New Zealand | 11/22/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoy this CD. It's not your usual tango orchestra - just violins, accordion and piano, - so it lacks the depth of sound that many would expect of say, Sexteto Mayor or the other Argentine bands. But the tangos are played with a verve and elegance that I love, and its versions of two tango classics, La Cumparsita and Jalousie, are superb. (In fact all the tracks on this CD are outstanding). It also has Por Una Cabeza, the tango that Al Pacino immortalised in the movie 'Scent of A Woman'. With a distinctly 1930's 'palm court orchestra' or 'afternoon tea dance' quality to it which I really like, for me this is the fire and passion of tango par excellence. I'm well aware however, that purists and lovers of Argentine tango may view it otherwise."
Music from the movie "Scent of a Woman"
LtCol Richard L. Jones (USAF-Retire | Warner Robins, GA USA | 11/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD will be enjoyed even by folks who do not normally listen to this genre of music. It contains the actual version of the tune "Por Una Cabeza" to which the movie character LtCol Slade (Al Pacino) danced the tango with the lovely young woman in the movie "Scent of a Woman". Rent or buy the movie and check it out in the movie credits. This version has also been used by ice dancers during international skating competitions. Anyway, beyond that it is an outstanding collection, very enjoyable. The trio of musicians are outstanding virtuosos, and their skill and blend are impeccable. No wonder it was chosen for the film soundtrack. Another gem track is "Adios Muchachos" which I am sure a lot of people will recognize. If you have seen the movie or think you may like Tango music, this is the first CD to buy."