Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tanda of the Week 29 / 2011 -
Milonga - OTV, Donato & D'Arienzo

1. Orquesta Tipica Victor / Carlos Lafuente - "Cacareando" 1933
2. Edgardo Donato - "El lengue" 1940
3. Juan D'arienzo - "Corrales viejo" 1943

I used to prepare my sets before the milonga as much as possible but these days I go into a milonga with a long list of music I'd like to play and end up playing only half of it. The list includes tandas that I've played before, tandas that I've prepared specially for the milonga and also some individual songs that I use for a base of brand new tandas created during the milonga (this tanda is one of these).

Last saturday I played at the Annual Tango Summer Camp milonga in Tampere, Finland, and felt like playing "Cacareando" but mix it with something similar from other orchestras. Donato was a natural choice to follow the opening track and D'Arienzo followed Donato nicely especially when Donato has a version of "Corrales viejo" also. And it worked well. I hope you like this tanda.

And a shout out and a big thank you to the amazing Orquesta Soledad who played at the milonga.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tanda of the Week 28 / 2011 -
Francisco Canaro

1. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "Tormenta" 1939
Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "No me pregunten por qué" 1939
Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "Mala suerte" 1939
Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "En un beso la vida" 1940

Some of the best songs from Canaro with Ernesto Famá. Unfortunately "No me pregunten por qué" was not available on Spotify or Deezer but you can listen to the other songs by clicking on the links on the left.

Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tanda of the Week 27 / 2011 -
Pedro Maffia

1. Orquesta Pedro Maffia - "Anoche en el club" 1930
2. Orquesta Pedro Maffia - "Chique" 1930
3. Orquesta Pedro Maffia - "Angustia" 1930
4. Orquesta Pedro Maffia - "Largalo" 1930 Maffia (28. August 1899 – 16. October 1967)"It is not known what secret gift made Pedro Maffia find in the core of the bandoneon sounds that nobody had discovered before. Oscar Zucchi [...] explains that until the second decade of the twentieth
century bandoneon players had a tendency to imitate the flute–gradually displaced in the early quartets- and the barrell organ with their instrument. After undergoing in his chilhood the frequent beating with a chain made by his brutal father, who forced him to beg money after each tango he played, Maffia was who delivered the bandoneon needed by this popular genre so to leave behind the playful Guardia Vieja [...] and turn serious, concentrated, fairly dreaming and frequently sad."

- Julio Nudler,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tanda of the Week 26 / 2011 -
Rodolfo Biagi

1. Rodolfo Biagi - "El recodo" 1952
2. Rodolfo Biagi / Hugo Duval - "Estás llorando" 1953
3. Rodolfo Biagi / Hugo Duval - "Triste comedia" 1955
4. Rodolfo Biagi / Hugo Duval - "Alguien" 1956
It's time to return to the 1950's with this tanda from Rodolfo Biagi. I simply love the opening track "El recodo", which is without a doubt one of the biggest instrumentals of instrumental tango, and I sometimes play it with other instrumentals but I feel that these vocal songs (with Hugo Duval) match the emotion and style of the song almost better than any of the other late 40's or 50's instrumentals from Biagi.

Unfortunately I was not able to find "Estás llorando" on Spotify and also the available version of "Triste comedia" is of low quality and too slow.

Biagi, Rodolfo - TOTW - Todo Tango - - TangoTunes - iTunes Store