Monday, July 27, 2009

New Piazzolla Video - With Gary Burton in Ravenna

A little history gleaned from the Azzi/Collier book, Le Grand Tango:

Piazzolla first met Gary Burton in 1965 at the Club 676 in Buenos Aires where he heard Burton play with Stan Getz. In the early 80's, Piazzolla renewed the acquaintance by attending a Burton/Chick Corea concert. Backstage he suggested a collaboration to Burton. Piazzolla wrote six pieces for that collaboration, including today's featured video, Milonga is coming. After short rehearsals in New York and Milan, Piazzolla made their first public performance together on July 4, 1986 at a Jazz Festival in Ravenna. We are fortunate indeed that someone captured that event on video. Shortly thereafter, Burton and Piazzolla performed the six pieces at the Montreux Jazz festival which can be enjoyed on both a rare DVD and CD. Until this video appeared, my assumption was that those two media represented the only record of their performances together. Both Burton and Piazzolla acknowledged the large influence each had on the others musical life. Burton continues to play Piazzolla's music today.

The performance of Milonga is coming is long enough that it is spread out over two videos. A comment on one of the videos indicates that more may be coming - the person posting Milonga is coming has video of the full concert.

If the video does not appear below, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

1 comment:

  1. Of the DVD of the 1986 Montruex concert has not been commercially released. The link you provided just has a typo: it is the 1984 MontrEAL Jazz Festival.