Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tanda of the Week 11 / 2013 - Quinteto Real

1. Quinteto Real - "Ensueños"
2. Quinteto Real - "Mal de amores"
3. Quinteto Real - "Ya no cantas, Chingolo"
4. Quinteto Real - "El arranque"

I want to present "Quinteto Real", a legendary group of great soloists Horacio Salgán (piano), Pedro Laurenz (bandoneon), Enrique Mario Francini (violin), Ubaldo De Lío (guitar) and Rafael Ferro (double bass). They recorded for Phillips and Columbia, in an attempt to make tango re-flourish in the 60's with a bold renewal in rhythm. You can listen to the tanda of Quinteto Real on Spotify or below.

Obviously this is something that would require a half a dozen of maestros requesting it for me to play this tanda in a milonga. At the same time however, I could see this tanda working well for an audience that is open to dancing to something like Sexteto Milonguero for example. Nevertheless, while the danceability is open for much debate, we can not question the beauty of this music and the genius of Quinteto Real. So if you like good tango for listening to, and not just dancing, I highly recommend Quinteto Real and in fact everything from maestro Horacio Salgan.

All these songs are from the Vinyl Replica: Quinteto Real - album (Spotify / iTunes Store)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tanda of the Week 10 / 2013 -
Anibal Troilo con Francisco Fiorentino

Every now and then the dancers appreciate a tanda enough to give a small applause after they've danced to it. Last time it happened to me was in a beautiful milonga called "Circolo Gardel" in Modena, Italy. If I remember correctly the tanda (listen to the Troilo Fiorentino tanda on Spotify) went this way:

A lot of DJ's are expanding their Troilo repertoire (me included) to feature vocals by Marino as well as Ruiz (...maybe soon Goyeneche even). For me the Troilo/Fiorentino combination is not only by far the best of all the above mentioned but also possibly out of all orchestra/singer collaborations, surpassing even Di Sarli/Rufino. There are more than plenty amazing recordings of different styles and moods to get creative and find the right songs to stay versatile. Any talk about Troilo/Fiorentino being over played is just nonsense.

These songs are now available in great quality at the Digital Tango Music Store

Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store 
Fiorentino, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - - TangoTunes - iTunes Store