Tango: Zero Hour

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Tango: Zero Hour
Ástor Piazzolla And The New Tango Quintet - 1986 - Tango - Zero Hour.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1986
RecordedMay 1986
Sound Ideas Studio, New York City
GenreNuevo tango
LabelAmerican Clavé, Nonesuch
ProducerKip Hanrahan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauA–[1]

Tango: Zero Hour (Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero in Spanish) is an album by Ástor Piazzolla and his Quinteto Nuevo Tango (in English: New Tango Quintet, often loosely referred to as his second quintet). It was released in September 1986 on American Clavé, and re-released on Pangaea Records in 1988.[2]

Piazzolla considered this his greatest album.[3][4][5] Rolling Stone commented on the Pangaea reissue of the album, comparing Piazzolla's fusion of form, improvisation, and dynamics to contemporary classical music, jazz, and rock & roll, respectively.[6] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice also commented on Piazzolla's fusion of classical and jazz music.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Astor Piazzolla.

  1. "Tanguedia III" – 4:39
  2. "Milonga del ángel" – 6:31
  3. "Concierto para quinteto" – 9:06
  4. "Milonga loca" – 3:09
  5. "Michelangelo '70" – 2:52
  6. "Contrabajissimo" – 10:19
  7. "Mumuki" – 9:33


Technical personnel[edit]

  • Greg Calbi – Mastering
  • Jon Fausty – Engineer, mixing
  • Kip Hanrahan – Producer, engineer
  • Nancy Hanrahan – Associate producer
  • Scott Marcus – Executive producer
  • Charles Reilly – Photography
  • Shawna Stobie – Assistant engineer, mixing assistant


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2, 1987). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  2. ^ Azzi, María Susana; Collier, Simon (2000). Le Grand Tango: The Life and Music of Astor Piazzolla (illustrated ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 259. ISBN 978-0-19-512777-5. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  3. ^ Cook, Stephen. "Tango: Zero Hour". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 12 May 2009. Considered by Piazzolla to be his best work, 1986's Tango Zero Hour was the culmination of a career that began in Argentina in the 1930s.
  4. ^ "Tango: Zero Hour". Nonesuch Records. Retrieved 12 May 2009. Astor Piazzolla called his recording Tango: Zero Hour 'absolutely the greatest record I've made in my entire life.'
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (2 June 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: June 2, 1987". The Village Voice. ISSN 0042-6180. Retrieved 12 May 2009. Piazzolla [...] claims this is the best of his 40 albums. [...] True semipop, dance music for the cerebellum, with the aesthetic tone of a jazz-classical fusion Gunther Schuller never dreamed.
  6. ^ Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. ISSN 0035-791X. Piazzolla's Argentine 'New Tango' fusion brazenly combines structural ploys from contemporary classical music and the improvisatory daring of jazz, heating the mix with swooping dynamics worthy of rock & roll Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Tango: Zero Hour – Credits". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 12 May 2009.