Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tanda of the Week 29 / 2012 -
Juan D'Arienzo y Alberto Reynal


1. Juan D'Arienzo - "El resero" 1941
2. Juan D'Arienzo / Alberto Reynal - "Almanaque de ilusión" 1941
1. Juan D'Arienzo / Alberto Reynal - "Chirusa" 1940
1. Juan D'Arienzo / Alberto Reynal - "El corazón me engañó" 1940

Alberto Reynal
Let me first say a big thank you to Galeria Ideal in Vienna and Milonga del Rio in Rome for having me dj at their milongas and I'd also like to thank the dancers and the tango community for giving me a warm welcome. This week I'll be in Berlin for my circus training (and dancing of course) and next week I'll play in the Tango D'amore Festival in Odessa, Ukraine.


While Alberto Reynal is not one of the most known or played singers of D'Arienzo the recordings like "Almanaque de ilusíon" and "El corazón me engaño" are some of my top favorites (it's a long list of favorites though). With this tanda I wanted to try to start with an instrumental that would have the qualities of the following vocal songs. This might cause some mixed emotions from the dancers and I'd love to hear what you think about it. I'm picturing the orchestra play at a milonga and starting with some instrumentals before bringing the singer on stage. And I believe I found two songs that follow each other perfectly in "El resero" and "Almanaque de ilusíon". I've done this with a few tandas before on the blog and they're tagged with the label vocal/instrumental.

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

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tanda of the Week 28/2012 -
Carlos Lafuente con OTV, Marcucci, Los Provincianos y Carabelli

Carlos Lafuente

1. Orquesta Típica Víctor / Carlos Lafuente - "Nunca tuvo novio" 1930
2. Carlos Marcucci / Carlos Lafuente - "Si supieras" 1931
3. Los Provincianos / Carlos Lafuente - "Noviecita" 1933
4. Adolfo Carabelli / Carlos Lafuente - "Pa' que lagrimear" 1933's a special selection of tangos sung by Carlos Lafuente (1908-1989) with four different orchestras. 

"Carlos had facility to sing and he started at a very young age. He began as professional in the 20s, as a estribillista (refrain singer). His most important performance then was in the Orquesta Típica Victor. He was the singer with the largest number of recordings with that outfit. No less than 33 renditions. His first record was “Justo el 31”, with “Rajá, rajá de acá”, tango by Juan Baüer, on the other side. Another standouts are his recordings of “Nunca tuvo novio”, “Canción de la ribera” and “Cacareando”, a milonga written by Sureda.

Likewise he appeared with the orchestra known as “Los Provincianos" with which he cut several recordings, among others: the tangos “Sabalaje”, written by Primiani and Casanova, “Montevideo”, by Fontaina and Soliño and the Romeo’s waltz “Un placer”. He also had an extensive recording activity with the Adolfo Carabelli’s orchestra. With Carlos Marcucci’s outfit he cut only one number, the tango “Tinieblas” penned by Vardaro and Velich. [EDIT: to my knowledge this is not exactly true. He recorded also "Si supieras" and a ranchera "La antrevida". There are also two versions of "Tinieblas", one with Roberto Diaz/Marcucci.] Furthermore, he was vocalist of the group led by Antonio Sureda with which he committed to record two numbers.

His performance was outstanding, he was a special kind of voice to sing melodies of all sorts: waltzes, rancheras, folk and Spanish songs. Everything he did was all right. If we count all his recordings they are over two hundred renderings. He as well recorded with guitars and cut 22 sides accompanied on bandoneon by Ciriaco Ortiz. He appeared on the LR5, LR9 and LS8 radio stations of Buenos Aires. In the late 40s he was gradually withdrawing from show business.

If we had to define him in two words we would say that he was a great interpreter of danceable tango and was deeply influenced by Gardel."

- Salvador Lo Nigro, TodoTango

Lafuente, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store
Orquesta Tipica Victor - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Carabelli, Adolfo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tanda of the Week 27/2012 -
Domingo Federico

Federico Domingo, Carlos Vidal y Oscar Larroca
1. Domingo FedericoCarlos Vidal - "Senda florida" 1945 - TangoTunes
2. Domingo FedericoCarlos Vidal - "Para qué te quiero tanto" 1945 - TangoTunes
3. Domingo Federico / C. Vidal, Oscar Larroca - "Un pasaje de mi vida" 1946 - TangoTunes
4. Domingo FedericoCarlos Vidal - "Tu melodía" 1944 - TangoTunes

Domingo Federico was an unforgettable musician and inspired melody maker, composer, bandoneon player and orchestra leader. He played in the Juan Canaro Orchestra and also in the orchestra of Miguel Calo before...

" 1943 he split with Caló to put together his own orchestra, with which he debuted to great acclaim at the Select Buen Orden café, with his vocalists Alberto Tagle and Alfredo Castel. As a curious information we can say that the double bass was played by his father who, always eager in his search, had as well learnt the secrets of this instrument.

Besides Alberto Tagle and Alfredo Castel, he had Ignacio Díaz, Carlos Vidal, Oscar Larroca, Mario Bustos, Hugo Roca, Enzo Valentino, Dante Rossi, Carlos Valdés, Armando Moreno, Rubén Sánchez and Rubén Maciel as vocalists.

Of all them, Carlos Vidal was undoubtedly the most outstanding. The one who imposed all his personality, in renditions that shall remain indelible in our memory, such is the case of tango tunes like "Yuyo verde" and "Yo"."

- By Ricardo García Blaya, TodoTango

Federico, Domingo - TOTW - -TodoTango - TangoTunes 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tanda of the Week 26 / 2012 -
Various orchestras - milongas

Dj Antti Suniala - Atelieri O. Haapala

1. Francisco Lomuto / Fernando Díaz - "No hay tierra como la mía" 1939
2. Edgardo Donato / H. Lagos, R. Gavioli - "Sentir del corazón" 1940
3. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "Después de quererla tanto" 1940'm sometimes a bit hesitant to start a milonga tanda very strong. Instead I start the tandas a bit slow and increase the tempo of the songs towards the end. Not in this case. From the first notes of the first song the dancers will know that this tanda means business. And often (again when time is right) the stronger the first milonga the faster the dancers run to the floor.

Visiting Buenos Aires I heard many dj's mixing orchestras in the vals and milonga tandas and I'm trying to do more of the same now. This tanda is so far untested in the milongas as I just made it up but I think it would work well when the time and atmosphere is right. (Edit: The tanda works great and got great comments from dancers)

Unfortunately the last milonga from Canaro is not available on Spotify or Deezer.

Lomuto, Francisco - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Donato, Edgardo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tanda of the Week 25 / 2012 -
Enrique Rodriguez y Roberto Flores - Foxtrot

1. Enrique Rodríguez / Roberto Flores - "La colegiala" 1938
2. Enrique Rodríguez / Roberto Flores - "Para mi eres divina" 1938
3. Enrique Rodríguez / Roberto Flores - "La calesita se destrozo" 1937

Here are some foxtrots to spark up your day from Enrique Rodriguez and Roberto Flores. I personally really rarely play foxtrot but I love this kind of music. And it's also very fun to dance to with your special blend of tango-milonga-foxtrot-and then some.

Foxtrot (the fast kind) and slow-foxtrot were very popular in Finland and I have loads of it from the 30s-50s. From Argentina I have foxtrots only from Rodriguez, Canaro, Lomuto and Carabelli. If you know more good foxtrot from Argentina please let us know!


Rodriguez, Enrique - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store

Flores, Roberto - TOTW