Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Best known for expanding the possibilities of the musette - an early 20th century French ballroom dance - to incorporate contemporary attitudes and the postmodern improv of more traditional jazz, the accordionist Richard Galliano ultimately posed a triple threat in the music world, establishing himself with like force as a composer and arranger. With time, Galliano - a protégé of Astor Piazzolla - worked elements of Piazzolla's tango nueve into his style. He displayed these elements vividly at the Willisau Jazz Festival in Switzerland, c. 2002, a concert available as an EP, Piazzolla Forever. The video version of that live concert, Richard Galliano: Piazzolla Forever, packs in onstage footage of Galliano playing the songs from the album. Included are: "Otoño Porteño," "Invierno Porteño," "Sur: Regreso al Amor," "Michelangelo 70," "Laura et Astor," "Escualo," and several other renditions.