"(...) Zero Hour needed the clarity of a vision; this record needs the darkness of a nostalgic dream. It's music meant to be played by half–drunk musicians in a bordello." (Astor Piazzolla) This quote is taken from the CD's booklet and in my opinion it perfectly describes the album. 'Tango Zero Hour' is acclaimed by both critics as well as the public, but this compilation deserves same recognition. Having a good musical education myself and being a huge fan of classical music, I rarely experienced something as powerful emotionally. The recording is addictive, you listen to it through the loudspeakers and then you listen to it through you headphones and it always sounds different. This Tango isn't meant to be danced it was created to be listened and enjoyed. It is a powerful mix of classics, jazz, tango and folklore, so many different motives: Italian, Latin even gypsy.
Perfectly played and arranged. Dissonant sounds resolve in beautiful melodies and simple melodies become complex motives. Piazzolla is definitely one of my favourite composers and musicians of the 20th century.
The CD itself is beautifully designed with short information about the album, plastic CD box is protected by a cardboard sleeve with Piazzollas red colour portrait on it.