Various Artists

German Tango Bands: 1925-1939

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Decades before German jazz groups covered innumerable samba songs, their forebears were infatuated with the music of Argentina's tango. This Harlequin collection includes 24 tracks recorded between the World Wars, with groups led by Barnaby Von Geczy ("Mexican Serenade," "Leila"), Heinz Huppertz ("Nightfall," "Punto Arenas"), Marek Weber ("Media Luz," "Sundig und Suss"), and Robert Gaden ("Perdoname"), among others. The music is surprisingly accurate, but almost too similar to the real thing to sound anywhere near original.

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