ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Tango: Zero Hour (1986) + La Camorra (1989) and The Rough Dancer And The Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado) (1987)

Tango: Zero Hour (1986)
La Camorra (1989)
Cinematic, Vibrant, Mysterious

We first posted Tango: Zero Hour years ago. La Camorra comes from the same period, the late 80s, when the (truly) legendary bandoneón master Astor Piazzolla was recording for Kip Hanrahan’s American Clave label. The result of this fortuitous union was a handful of some of Piazzolla’s best recorded works, lovingly produced by Hanrahan. Like skipping homework, I’ll point to you Google to better understand Piazzolla’s incredible music, suffice to say that his take on the ancient form of Tango is that of an artisan’s; ingeniously crafted, amazingly original, cinematically rich. A guy so far above his field of contemporaries there might as well not have been any contenders. The music transcends words anyway. As a bonus, we’ve included a third Piazzolla/Hanrahan project from 1987, The Rough Dancer And The Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado). Amazon’s got Tango: Zero Hour (HERE) and La Camorra (HERE). Plus… there’s more Astor in the archives, HERE.

Tanguedia III (4:39)
Milonga del Angel (6:31)
Concierto Para Quinteto (9:07)
Milonga Loca (3:10)
Michelangelo ’70 (2:52)
Contrabajisimo (10:20)
Mumuki (9:34)

Soledad (7:53)
La Camorra Ⅰ (9:26)
La Camorra Ⅱ (7:03)
La Camorra Ⅲ (11:06)
Fugata (3:13)
Sur: Los Suenos (South: The Dreams) (2:57)
Sur: Regresso Al Amor (South: Return To Love) (6:23)


  • Willard
    March 15, 2012 - 10:48 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Joe
    March 15, 2012 - 11:53 | Permalink

    Fantastic stuff, as always. Keep up the good work – and thank you!

  • March 15, 2012 - 13:32 | Permalink

    Thanks for La Camorra, never got round to getting this. Great post.

  • coffee messiah
    March 15, 2012 - 18:00 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard –

    I never paid attention or cared for him in my youth, but tried –

    Now it’s a different story and find that the Tango Project / Gotan Project has managed a good job in keeping the music alive too –

    Thanks again and hope this finds you well = Cheers! CM

    • Willard
      March 15, 2012 - 20:09 | Permalink

      Hi Coffee. I don’t think I was even exposed to this guy in my youth, and can’t remember when I first heard him. Must have been the mid-80s, when I was soaking up ethnic musics. Haven’t heard Gotan Project, thanks for the tip. Good to see you.

  • Willard
    March 15, 2012 - 20:50 | Permalink

    I included another Hanrahan production, The Rough Dancer And The Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado) from ’87. It’s a cool, 40 minute suite, with a couple of really good themes (“Milonga For Three (Reprise)” & the running main titles). Search above.

    • Muddy
      March 16, 2012 - 13:37 | Permalink

      Rough Dancer is my favorite Piazzolla album. I can’t explain why, but it is very evocative, passionate, and moving to me.

      • Willard
        March 16, 2012 - 14:01 | Permalink

        It’s those piano refrains, for me. It’s funny how it’s really just another one of his long form pieces, with a multitude of changes and moods. But it looks like a short song vehicle, which he rarely does. I never got that.

  • miles
    March 23, 2012 - 01:44 | Permalink


    i’m glad i took time to read the comments here, only to find that you’ve also included, ‘rough dancer,’ a title i wasn’t aware of. thank you for what i’m certain will be a wonderful listen.

    • Willard
      March 23, 2012 - 02:30 | Permalink

      Cool, glad you found it.

  • Supersonic75
    August 17, 2013 - 20:23 | Permalink

    “Zero Hour” is a Top 50 for me, but I was not aware of “La Camorra” (I thought that “Rough Dancer” was the only other one he’d done with Hanrahan). Such fantastic music; really looking forward to listening.

    I think the liner notes for Zero Hour alone are worth the price of admission, btw….
    Thanks again, Willard!

    • Willard
      August 17, 2013 - 20:39 | Permalink

      Cool, glad you got La Camorra. I guess I need to read (or re-read) Zero’s liner notes.

  • Supersonic75
    August 18, 2013 - 06:24 | Permalink

    I don’t have them here (virtually all of my cd’s and records are in storage, unfortunately), but I could never forget the last sentence (or what my 52 y/o brain recalls): “suffer, motherfucker; this is the tango” :-). They really are worth another read if you get the chance. And thanks again for the very varied and great stuff you have here.

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