An overview of some of the greatest contributors to the tango since 1900. Originally, the album was planned as a duet of Baltazar Benitez and Astor Piazzolla; however, Alfredo Marcucci was added after Piazzolla's death. The album is divided more or less into three sections: the Old Guard, the Transition Period, and the New Guard. This corresponds to the period before Anibal Troilo, the Troilo/Piazzolla period, and the period that Astor Piazzolla ushered in -- the nuevo tango. Given the limited instrumentation, the collection is surprisingly good, in part because of the exceptional compositions (why the compilation was made in the first place), but also due to the dexterity of the players. Any true fan of the tango will find it a refreshing look through the styles of the century within the genre, with a special emphasis on Piazzolla's work (a friend of Benitez). Look into it as a fan.
AllMusic Review by Adam Greenberg