Dienstag, 26. Juli 2022

Andrés Linetzky´s Vale Tango: My Choice

To get straight to the point: I admire Andrés Linetzkys as a pianist, composer and arranger. His work as musical director of the ensemble around Ariel Ardit have made me listen, with which love for the simple and unexcited he arranges old and new tangos and lets them breathe again.

On this current selection, looking back over several decades, he presents 20 live recordings from different stages in his life as a musician: 14 pieces with his sextet Tango Vale (five of them with the singer Lidia Borsa), four with the quintet Tangata Rea and two with the trio The Linetzky Family, where the Klezmer background comes into play. His rich performance experience can be seen in these songs: wonderfully nostalgic arrangements that are still not outdated ‘dusty`, and invite the dancers onto the dance floor of a ballroom. His composition “Supermilonga” with its wonderful chorus would also delight samba fans. Those who don't come out on the dance floor (or at least tap their feet "inwardly") don't feel anything anymore. One of the few other´s compositions is “La cautiva” by Carlos Vincente Geroni Flores, which has been around for a century, but is still wonderfully effective. The moving “Entonces”, composed to a text by María Elena Walsh, is an emotional high-altitude flight that also knows depth. The dreamy “Las huellas en el mar” evaporates far too easily. Linetzky's piano intro in “Todas las mananas con mis reinas” is wonderfully ‘easily’ and leaves room for the strings and bandoneons of his ensemble to unfold their melodic arcs - as a wonderfully interacting ensemble, they enchant the audience. Yet, there is also: “Chaly”, which is dedicated to the bandoneonist Carlos Corrales, initially comes across as impulsive and dynamic and makes the dancers sweat, lets them breathe deeply in between with a more subdued Piazzollaesque mood and then drives them back on. This is the full life in all its dynamics, pushed to 4:04 minutes.

For me, some recordings could have remained in the gracious darkness of the past: “Belz” is rather problematic at the beginning in terms of intonation. The same applies to “El amanecar” from the 1997 album “Tango Vivo! - Noches De Buenos Aires”. - Still, that doesn't spoil the pleasure of listening to a wonderful musician who has clearly shown that tango orchestras have their special magic and are ‘relevant to hope’.


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