Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tanda of the Week 48 / 2012 -
Alfredo De Angelis y Floreal Ruíz


1. Alfredo De Angelis / Floreal Ruíz - "Bajo el cono azúl" 1944
2. Alfredo De Angelis / Floreal Ruíz - "Como se muere de amor" 1943
3. Alfredo De Angelis / Floreal Ruíz - "Marioneta" 1943
4. Alfredo De Angelis / Floreal Ruíz - "Dejame asi" 1943

Here is more from Floreal Ruíz, this time with the orchestra of Alfredo De Angelis. Check out the previous tanda of Ruíz with Troilo.

Both "Bajo el cono azúl" and "Como se muere de amor" have a spoken part in the beginning of the song. I use versions of these songs both with the spoken part and without. Here I have the first song with the spoken part but the second song without it to better keep the flow of the music from one song to the next.

De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store 
Ruiz, Floreal - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tanda of the Week 47 / 2012 -
Aníbal Troilo y Floreal Ruiz


1. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "La borrachera del tango" 1945
2. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "La noche que te fuiste" 1945
3. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "Naranjo en flor" 1944
4. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "Yuyo verde" 1945

In this tanda I'd like to introduce the third great singer from the orchestra of Aníbal Troilo: Floreal Ruíz. Before replacing Francisco Fiorentino in the orchestra of Troilo he recorded a few sides with Alfredo De Angelis. After Troilo he joined the orchestra of Francisco Rotundo in 1948 and later Jose Basso.

The songs from Troilo/Ruíz don't get played much in milongas as the music of Troilo with Fiorentino, the instrumentals and also the songs with Marino are favored more and these songs are clearly more challenging but also very rewarding to dance to. From the first notes of "La borrachera del tango" it is clear the tanda will bring some of the best of the rich classic sound of Anibal Troilo.

"When I hear Floreal Ruiz I have the impression that the singer so naturally and spontaneously does it that he seems to be seated on a chair informally conversing, and the musical notes spring out of his throat with no effort. The timbre and the color of his voice are everyday sounds for me, there are neither stridences nor false resources, he does it in the most difficult way, easily. 
He is, undoubtedly, a subtle singer, delicate, of an excellent diction which allows understanding not only the lyrics but also its dramatism.
He was one of the great voices of the 40s, and paradoxically, he achieved his definitive recognition after the passing of years, not at his time of splendor when he was member of Aníbal Troilo´s orchestra. This was due to two reasons. First, because in the 40s quite a lot of singers of an exceptional level sprang out; second, because he had to replace Francisco Fiorentino in "Pichuco"'s orchestra and perform by the side of the successful Alberto Marino, who was the singer in vogue. ...continue reading"

by Ricardo García Blaya, Todotango

Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Ruiz, Floreal - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tanda of the Week 46 / 2012 -
Carlos Di Sarli y Roberto Rufino

Roberto Rufino

1. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Necesito olvidar" 1942
2. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Canta, pajarito" 1943
3. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Adiós, te vas....!" 1943
4. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Si tú quisieras" 1943

I had the pleasure of DJ'ing in Nou Mitte in Berlin last night and I played this tanda there. It was close to the ending of the milonga with not that many dancers left. It followed a strong Varela/Ledesma tanda and partly due to the timing I got only a few couples on the floor but they praised the tanda afterwards. What do think about this tanda?

I can't believe that not all of these songs are available on Spotify or Deezer?!?! 

Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Rufino, Roberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tanda of the Week 45 / 2012 -
Francisco Canaro y Ernesto Famá

1. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "La muchachada del centro" 1932
2. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "Bernabé, la fiera" 1932
3. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "Pero aquel muchacho" 1932
4. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "Si soy así" 1933

This guest dj tanda was suggested by DJ Riccardo DiCecio from St. Louis, USA. Thank you Riccardo! Unfortunately these songs are not available on Spotify or Deezer as is the case with many of the songs from Canaro. Maybe you can find them at the Buenos Aires Tango Club.

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

Friday, November 16, 2012

Comments and feedback.

As we've just reached over 2000 likes on Facebook (!!!) I'd like to remind you that Tanda of the Week is here not just to share music and educate dancers about the orchestras but also to create more discussion about music, tandas and DJ'ing in general. Ofcourse there have been a lot of the positive feedback (and it's greatly appreciated) and giving feedback that could be seen negative is a lot harder. Iwould still encourage you to give your comments when you think the songs in the tanda could be arranged differently or some other song would be better etc. Just bare in mind that besides everyone having their own opinions and favorites, the tandas posted here are also taken out their content. There is no milonga or the right atmosphere. So while we can analyze tandas in a more clinical universal way of this is good and this is not so good, we should remember that even if a tanda might not seem great at first "on paper" it might be amazing in a milonga when played at the right time.

So... more discussion is welcome and will not be frowned upon. Every opinion is appreciated as long as we can stay constructive. TOTW will continue to showcase a wide variety of tango music and I do not have an agenda of claiming things should be done in a certain way.

Thank you. :)

Tanda of the Week 44 / 2012 -
Juan D'Arienzo 1947-1950 instrumentals

1. Juan D'Arienzo - "La maleva" 1949
2. Juan D'Arienzo - "La catrera" 1949
3. Juan D'Arienzo - "Contra luz" 1947
4. Juan D'Arienzo - "El Marne" 1950 tanda is another one from the great Juan D'Arienzo. Straight forward, strong and very danceable. I believe I made this tanda originally to play the song "Contra luz" and while searching for songs to go with it I found the excellent D'Arienzo version of the classic "La maleva" from 1949. "La maleva" is an interesting composition that somehow starts very strong but in the end it kind of wanders off and loses some of it's dynamics (especially in the Troilo version in my opinion) and I'm not sure if it's a bad thing or if it just adds something to the peculiar qualities of this song. "La catrera" and "El marne" are also both classics that have been recorded by many orchestras and by also by D'Arienzo multiple times. The 1938 version of "La catrera" is more famous but I like this version almost just as much.

I think in the end the other three songs have more in common with each other than with "Contra luz" due to the classic melodies but the style of the songs stays similar through out the tanda and "Contra luz" spices it up with a heavier focus on the beat that D'Arienzo delivers like no one else. Enjoy!

EDIT: Due to the correct versions of La Catrera 1949 and El Marne 1950 missing from Spotify, for the playlist I had to use versions of these songs from 1955 and 1954.

D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango - iTunes Store


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tanda of the Week 43 / 2012 -
Quinteto Pirincho - milonga

1. Quinteto Pirincho, dir. Francisco Canaro - "La cara de la luna" 1959
2. Quinteto Pirincho, dir. Francisco Canaro - "El firulete" 1958
3. Quinteto Pirincho, dir. Francisco Canaro - "Se dice de mí" 1954's a guest DJ tanda of milongas by Mladen Uzelac from Croatia. Thank you Mladen! wrote: "In my opinion milonga should be perky that you have a big grin after dancing it. As a big fan of Quinteto Pirincho milongas and the album “Las Milongas mas milongas” I decided to create tanda for my first Tango DJ-ing. This tanda is built to suite the last song “Se dice de mi”. “La cara de la luna” is rather quite paced with cheerful sounds of flute combined with a guitar. “El firulete” slows a down but it adds more pauses. It is a bit more demanding yet still playful. “Se dice de mi” starts slowly but quite quickly builds up to its full speed. Perkiness still remains but with added piano and rhythmical playing it can be very expressive and yet it still remains very danceable. The main characteristics of this tanda is open and cheerful sound and slow progression of difficulty. If the last song is too slow you can play “El Torito” by Quinteto Pirincho."

Since this version of "Se dice de mi" was not available on Spotify or Deezer, I used the song "El Torito".

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

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tanda of the Week 42 / 2012 -
OTV, OTLP and Edgardo Donato

1. Orquesta Típica Víctor - "C.T.V." 1932
2. Los Provincianos - "El distinguido ciudadano" 1932
3. Los Provincianos - "Pico blanco" 1933
4. Edgardo Donato - "Tierrita" 1933

This weeks tanda is a mix of orchestras from the early 30's. Orquesta Típica Victor and Orquesta Típica Los Provincianos (sometimes addresses as just 'Los Provincianos') were both under the Victor record label and I've joined them with a track from Edgardo Donato. The intention was to showcase songs that have very interesting compositions and arrangements as well as great danceability and a good mood. "Pico blanco" can be a bit of a challenge to dance to but very enjoyable once you get more familiar with the song. Los Provincianos was conducted by Ciriaco Ortiz and to my knowledge at least "Pico blanco" features the great Elvino Vardaro on violin.

Unfortunately these songs are not available on Spotify or Deezer

Orquesta Tipica Victor - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Donato, Edgardo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Orquesta Típica Los Provincianos - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store