Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Milonga Sin Nombre "Celeste y Blanco" playlist, July 2018

I'm getting further and further behind with annotating playlists :( The days ahead of Mountain Milonga Retreat are just too frantic. But better late than never?
Painting by Jackie Molina
The July edition of Milonga Sin Nombre has  been named "Celeste y Blanco", "Light Blue and White", after the colors of the Argentine flag in commemoration of Argentina's Independence Day. It's our 50th Milonga Sin Nombre :O !
001. QTango Erskine Maytorena Qtango "Milonga Triste" 2011 4:17
002. Hugo Diaz   "Hugo Diaz   Milonga Para Una Armonica" 1973 4:25
003. Paco Mendoza & DJ Vadim  "Los Ejes De Mi Carreta" 2013 3:23
004. Viktor Tsoy  "Kukushka cortina long 2"  0:37
005. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "El garron" 1938 2:27
006. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Alma en pena" 1938 2:46
007. Quinteto Don Pancho - Instrumental "Loca" 1938 2:57
008. Soda Stereo  "En la ciudad de furia"  0:24
009. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Jamás Retornarás" 1942 2:28
010. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Cuatro compases" 1942 2:43
011. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Que te importa que te llore" 1942 2:44
012. Kansas  "Dust in the wind cortina"  0:23
We are also celebrating Troilo's birthday, aka Argentine National Day of the Bandoneon, on July 11th. The most famous of the bandoneonists who conducted tango orchestras, Anibal Troilo, the complex, musicians' musician, wasn't really my favorite for a very long time. But I always loved his valses!
013. Anibal Troilo - Floreal Ruiz "Flor De Lino" 1947 2:49
014. Anibal Troilo - Floreal Ruiz "Romance De Barrio" 1947 2:36
015. Anibal Troilo - Alberto Marino y Floreal Ruiz "Palomita Blanca" 1944 3:20
016. Zhanna Aguzarova  "Old Hotel cortina long"  0:38
We are also celebrating Enrique Cadicamo's birthday on July 15th. One of tango's greatest poets wrote lyrics for over 1,000 songs, and lived to the age of 99, always in the glow of ladies' attention."Nostalgias", in the tanda below, is one of Cadicamo's most beloved verses. "Missing the sound of her crazy laughter, and the fire of her breath on my lips ... The anguish of the loss..."
017. Francisco Lomuto - Jorge Omar  "A la gran muñeca" 1936 3:01
018. Francisco Lomuto - Jorge Omar "La melodia de nuestro adios" 1938 2:20
019. Francisco Lomuto - Jorge Omar "Nostalgias" 1936 3:05
020. Gilda  "Noches Vacias cortina"  0:22
The earliest, intensely rhythmical recordings of Troilo's orchestra are more accessible, yet they already carry the seeds of the future complexity
021. Ánibal Troilo - Instrumental "Milongueanda En El Cuarenta" 1941 2:32
022. Ánibal Troilo - Instrumental "Cachirulo" 1941 2:37
023. Ánibal Troilo - Instrumental "Guapeando" 1941 2:50
024. ZZ Top  "Sharp Dressed Man cortina"  0:25
025. Emilio Pellejero - Enalmar De Maria "Mi Vieja Linda" 1941 2:26
026. Miguel Villasboas - Instrumental "La Milonga Que Hacia Falta" 1961 2:18
027. Julio de Caro - Hector Farrel "Saca chispas" 1938 2:30
028. Soda Stereo  "Profugos"  0:33
029. Miguel Calo - Alberto Podesta  "Si tu quisieras" 1943 2:44
030. Miguel Calo - Alberto Podesta  "Yo soy el tango" 1941 2:46
031. Miguel Calo - Jorge Ortiz  "A Las 7 En La Cafe " 1943 3:05
032. Zhanna Aguzarova "Cats" 1987 0:21
033. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás "Queja Indiana " 1939 2:24
034. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás "Son Cosas del Bandoneon " 1939 2:44
035. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás "Cielo!" 1939 2:31
036. Zhanna Aguzarova  "Miracle Land cortina"  0:31
037. Alfredo de Angelis - Carlos Dante y Julio Martel  "Pobre flor" 1946 2:43
038. Alfredo de Angelis - Floreal Ruiz "Mi novia de ayer" 1944 2:38
039. Alfredo de Angelis - Carlos Dante y Julio Martel  "Soñar y nada más" 1944 3:08
040. Los Iracundos  "Puerto Montt rock" 1971, 1971 0:27
041. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Recuerdos De Paris" 1937 3:12
042. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Condena (S.O.S.)" 1937 2:39
043. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Solo una novia" 1935 3:23
044. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto2"  0:19
"The fat man" Troilo
The voice of Fiorentino made a perfect fusion with the sound of Troilo's orchestra and set the high standard for the tango's magnificient 40s. This was the singer who became a true equal with the orchestra's musicians in making the dancers' bodies move.
045. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Te aconsejo que me olvides" 1941 2:58
046. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "El Bulin de La Calle Ayacucho" 1941 2:29
047. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Toda mi vida" 1941 2:56
048. Zhanna Aguzarova "Cats" 1987 0:21
049. Francisco Canaro - Instrumental "Milonga de mis amores" 1937 3:03
050. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama "La milonga de Buenos Aires" 1939 2:50
051. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Milonga criolla" 1936 3:05
052. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto1"  0:28
Barely a year after the first Troilo's recordings were cut, he is already transitioning from the upbeat rhythmic pieces to the music of sorrow, darkness, and beautiful complexity
053. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Malena" 1942 2:59
054. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Pa' que seguir" 1942 2:35
055. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Cada vez que me recuerdes" 1943 2:40
056. Rodrigo  "Cuarteto"  0:29
Garcia's "foxes" were proud to wear gray
ose Garcia, a violinist, band leader and composer, has been born on July 22, 1910. His orchestra has been immortalized as "gray foxes", "Zorro grices", in what started as a wardrobe accident. They bought cheap suits for their first gigs, and got the nickname of "grays" after the color of these costumes. But Jose made this nickname work to his advantage, by linking it with the title of a classic, beloved tango, "Zorro gris". The "Zorro grices" were an excellent orchestra, but their repertoire is almost always upstaged by Carlos Di Sarli, who recorded the same titles, including Garcia's most famous composition, "Esta noche de Luna", "This moonlit night". So for me, tonight is the first attempt to play a whole tanda of Jose Garcia's orchestra!
057. Jose Garcia - Alfredo Rojas "Junto A Tu Corazón" 1942 3:04
058. Jose Garcia - Alfredo Rojas "Que no sepan las estrellas" 1945 2:45
059. Jose Garcia - Alfredo Rojas "Esta Noche De Luna"1942 3:20
060. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto2"  0:19
Ciriaco Ortiz, with hs bando and his famous smile
We are close to the birth date of a great bandoneonist and bandleader (and a sharp-tongued witty humorist) Ciriaco Ortiz (Aug 5 1905 - July 9, 1970) who, in the early 1930s, blazed the trail later followed by Troilo. Born in Cordoba, Ortiz famously dubbed his band "Los Provincianos", "The Provincials". But there is a July-specific reason to play the Provincianos tanda: the final vals is the composition of Luis Rubistein (born July 8, 1908), one of the many great "Russians" of the Argentine tango.
061. Los Provincianos (Ciriaco Ortiz) - Carlos Lafuente "Un placer" 1933 2:34
062. Los Provincianos (Ciriaco Ortiz) - Luis Diaz  "A Tu Memoria, Madrecita (vals)" 1934 2:45
063. Los Provincianos (Ciriaco Ortiz) - Alberto Gomez  "Samaritana (vals)" 1932 2:58
064. Soda Stereo  "Corazon elator"  0:28
"Tres esquinas", "Three corners" is another signature verse of Enrique Cadicamo, named after a neighborhood which is just as rundown and dangerous in today's Buenos Aires as it was back in the days ... "I come from this humble barrio, and I am this sentimental tango. There, we sip our mate under the shade of the trellis..."
065. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Tres esquinas" 1941 3:05
066. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ahora no me conoces" 1940 2:34
067. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ninguna" 1942 2:57
068. Los Iracundos  "Puerto Montt rock" 1971 0:27
And the beautifully sentimental  "Niebla del riachuelo", "Mist of the creek" (which isn't just any creek, but is a part of the seaport of Buenos Aires), is also a verse of Cadicamo's
069. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Niebla del riachuelo" 1937 2:25
070. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Sollozos" 1937 3:27
071. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Recuerdos De Bohemia" 1935 2:36
072. Bravo - Zhanna Aguzarova  "Space Rock-n-Roll" 1993 0:12
073. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "La Mulateada" 1941 2:22
074. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino  "Cuando un viejo se enamora" 1942 2:14
075. Carlos di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Pena Mulata" 1941 2:27
(a break for the performance marking the 9th of July Independence Day of Argentina sends me scrambling for the perfect tango about this day, "Nueve de Julio", "The ninth of July". A little mix-up here ... D'Arienzo recorded this most excellent and most rhythmic tune more than ones, and I make a mistake pairing his 1960s masterpiece with his much earlier recordings. Should have made the whole tanda out of 1960s and 1970s tracks!)
076. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Nueve de Julio" 1966 2:54
077. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Jueves" 1937 2:33
078. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Gallo Ciego" 1937 2:59
079. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto2"  0:19
"Pa Que Bailen Los Muchachos", another classic lyrics by Enrique Cadicamo, in a brooding and suspenseful tanda of Troilo's later recordings
080. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Pa Que Bailen Los Muchachos" 1942 2:49
081. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental  "La Maleva" 1942 2:41
082. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental  "Chique (El elegante)" 1944 3:07
083. ?Alla Pugacheva "Million Scarlet Roses" 1982 0:19
084. Enrique Rodriguez - El "Chato" Flores "Los Piconeros (Vals)" 1939 2:47
085. Enrique Rodriguez - El "Chato" Flores "Las espigadoras" 1938 2:47
086. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "En el volga yo te espero" 1943 2:40
087. Zhanna Aguzarova "Old Hotel" 1987 0:22
If Luis Rubistein first proved his mettle with Samaritana, then "Carnaval de mi barrio" (subtitled "A street painting in the tempo of tango") was one of the highest points of his later career
088. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio  "Mi Serenata" 1940 3:01
089. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 1940 3:09
090. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Carnaval De Mi Barrio" 1939 2:30
091. Oleg Berg  "We will rock you chicken dance"  0:23
The super-grounded modern classics join in the penultimate tanda
092. Analíá Goldberg y Sexteto Ojos De Tango "El Adios" 2011 3:13
093. Fervor de Buenos Aires  "E.G.B." 2007 2:26
094. Fervor de Buenos Aires  "Quien Sos" 2007 3:08
095. Alla Pugacheva  "Etot mir"  0:33
096. Osvaldo Pugliese - Instrumental "Gallo ciego" 1959 3:33
097. Osvaldo Pugliese - Instrumental "Malandraca" 1949 2:52
098. Osvaldo Pugliese - Instrumental "Nochero soy" 1956 3:33
099. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La cumparsita" 1951 3:49
100.   "silence30s (clean)"  0:31
101. Cream Margot  "Krem Margo - Poka Igraet Dzhaz danceable cortina cut"  1:41

Monday, July 2, 2018

Pt Angeles milonga playlist

Thank you so much for hosting us in Pt Angeles on our Olympic peninsula tour and organizing a wonderful holiday weekend milonga, Katy! It was amazing!
A special thank you for companionship, dances, and sound system help, Cliff & Becky! And to all friends who came from near and far ... you are awesome!! See you on the dance floor soon - abrazos!
starting a few minutes before the scheduled start with sound check / mood setter kinds of tracks:
001. Paco Mendoza & DJ Vadim  "Los Ejes De Mi Carreta" 2013 3:23
002. Erskine Maytorena Qtango "Milonga Triste" 2011 4:17
003. Maya Kristalinskaya  "A za oknom"  0:16
004. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Joaquina" 1935 3:01
005. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "El Internado" 1938 2:31
006. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental "Ataniche" 1936 2:32
007. Kansas  "Dust in the wind cortina"  0:23
008. Enrique Rodríguez - Armando Moreno "Como Has Cambiado Pebeta" 1942 2:37
009. Enrique Rodríguez - Armando Moreno "El encopao" 1942 2:34
010. Enrique Rodríguez - Armando Moreno "Cómo Se Pianta la Vida" 1940 2:23
011. Los Naufragos  "Zapatos Rotos rock"  0:34
First valses are slow because I don't know the people here, and kind of fear going into favorite extremes too early. The fears were completely unwarranted, I must say :)
012. Juan De Dios Filiberto - Instrumental "Tus Ojos Me Embelesan" 1935 2:34
013. Juan De Dios Filiberto - Instrumental "Pensando En Ti" 1935 2:50
014. Juan De Dios Filiberto - Instrumental "Palomita Blanca" 1959 2:35
015. Los Iracundos  "Puerto Montt rock" 1971 0:27
Less played beautiful Canaros ... maybe especally the middle one
016. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Recuerdos De Paris" 1937 3:12
017. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Aunque No Lo Crean" 1935 3:28
018. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Nada Más" 1938 3:02
019. Gilda  "Noches Vacias cortina"  0:22
... and we are firmly on my favorite turf with the voice of Lita Morales!
020. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales, Romeo Gavioli  "Triqui trá" 1940 2:34
021. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales, Romeo Gavioli "Yo Te Amo" 1940 2:50
022. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales "Sinsabor" 1939 2:53
023. Lyube  "Bat'ka Makhno cortina 1"  0:18
024. Carlos Di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Zorzal" 1941 2:40
025. Carlos Di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Pena Mulata" 1941 2:27
026. Carlos Di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "La Mulateada" 1941 2:22
027. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
Another set of Canaro's beautiful unusuals, these ones with the sound of Hawaiian guitar. But the milonga may already have heated up enough to feed on wilder rhythms and stronger emotions of the music.
028. Francisco Canaro - Instrumental  "Mimosa" 1929 2:54
029. Francisco Canaro - Instrumental  "Malvaloca milonga cut" 1930 3:08
030. Francisco Canaro - Charlo  "Oiga Garcon fast" 1929 2:46
031. Folk  "Yablochko cortina 2"  0:19
032. Carlos Di Sarli - Instrumental "La Trilla" 1940 2:21
033. Carlos Di Sarli - Instrumental "Shusheta" 1940 2:22
034. Carlos Di Sarli - Instrumental "Nobleza De Arrabal" 1940 2:07
035. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto2"  0:19
036. Aníbal Troilo - Edmundo Rivero - Floreal Ruiz  "Lagrimitas De Mi Corazón" 1948 3:00
037. Aníbal Troilo - Floreal Ruiz "Romance De Barrio" 1947 2:37
038. Aníbal Troilo - Edmundo Rivero y Aldo Calderón "A unos ojos" 1949 3:10
039. Russian folk  "Murka"  0:20
040. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Tormenta" 1939 2:38
041. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "No me pregunten porque" 1939 2:51
042. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Te quiero todavia" 1939 2:54
043. The Doors  "Riders of the storm cortina"  0:32
044. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré "Enamorado (Metido)" 1943 2:33
045. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré "Ya lo ves (fast)" 1941 2:39
046. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré  "El olivo (El olvido)" 1941 2:51
047. ZZ Top  "Sharp Dressed Man cortina"  0:25
Foxes don't work too well in the neighboring Pt Townsend but are good to play here, said Cliff?
048. Enrique Rodriquez - Armando Moreno  "Se ve el tren" 1942 3:11
049. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "No Te Apures Por Dios Postillon" 1945 2:59
050. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "Maruska" 1943 2:07
051. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
... then carrying the Russian vibe of the previous tanda with the top hit of the King of Russian Tango, Oscar Strok:
052. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental "Ojos Negros (Oscar Strok)" 1968 2:28
053. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental  "Adios corazon" 1968 2:16
054. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental "Bar Exposicion" 1959 3:26
055. Los Naufragos  "Zapatos Rotos rock"  0:34
056. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Alguien" 1956 3:13
057. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Esperame en el cielo" 1958 2:52
058. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval "Solamente dios y yo" 1958 2:33
059. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto1"  0:28
060. Orquesta Típica Victor - Lita Morales "Noches de invierno" 1937 2:47
061. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Angel Vargas "Sin Rumbo Fijo" 1938 2:18
062. Orquesta Típica Victor - Mario Pomar  "Temo" 1940 2:55
063. Victor Tsoy  "Blood Type (cortina long)"  0:36
I never played a full tanda of Salamanca before; the vocals with Guerrico are amazing but may be outdone now by the recent covers by the Orquesta Romantica Milonguera? What do you think? Is there two much similarity between Romantica's and Salamanca's records? Would you rather dance to the modern version?
064. Fulvio Salamanca - Instrumental "El Mareo" 1959 3:02
065. Fulvio Salamanca - Armando Guerrico "Todo Es Amor" 1958 2:47
066. Fulvio Salamanca - Armando Guerrico "Bomboncito" 1958 3:22
067. Los Iracundos  "Puerto Montt rock" 1971 0:27
068. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Yo soy el tango" 1941 2:27
069. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Maragata" 1941 2:46
070. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "El bulin de la calle ayacucho" 1941 2:30
071. Lyube  "Bat'ka Makhno cortina 1"  0:18
We are taking an alternative detour into milonga unusuals ...
072. Trio Garufa  "Silueta Porteña (Electro Milonga)" 2008 2:35
073. Bajofondo Tango Club  "Leonel, El Feo Milonga Cut" 2004 2:15
074. Otros Aires  "Perro Viejo" 2016 3:21
075. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto1"  0:28
and then a set of "un-grounded" tracks - just like some of the tangos put us firmly in touch with the ground and the floor, these alternatives get you connected with the air and lifted towards the ceiling :)
076. Fool's Garden "Lemon Tree" 1999 3:11
077. Jason Mraz  "I'm Yours" 2008 4:20
078. Damour Vocal Band  "Sway - danceable cortina cut"  1:39
079. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 1 (cortina)"  0:24
Royal madness of the King of the Beat:
080. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La torcacita" 1971 2:31
081. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Zorro gris" 1973 2:03
082. Juan d'Arienzo  - Instrumental  "Este Es El Rey" 1971 3:10
083. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto2"  0:19
084. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Quien sera" 1941 2:14
085. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales, Romeo Gavioli  "La shunca" 1941 2:35
086. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Romeo Gavioli "Noches Correntinas (Vals)" 1939 2:23
087. Viktor Tsoy  "Good morning, last Hero cortina long" 1989 0:35
088. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ahora No Me Conocés" 1940 2:35
089. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Solo compasion" 1941 2:58
090. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ninguna" 1942 2:59
091. Los Iracundos  "Puerto Montt rock" 1971 0:27
092. Alfredo De Angelis - Instrumental "Pavadita" 1958 2:53
093. Alfredo De Angelis - Instrumental "Felicia" 1969 2:48
094. Alfredo De Angelis - Instrumental  "El Tango Club" 1957 2:40
095. Gilda  "No Me Arrepiento de Éste Amor cortina long"  0:40
096. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón  "Azabache" 1942 3:05
097. Alberto Castillo  "El Gatito en el Tejado" 1957 2:37
098. Romeo Gavioli   "Tamboriles" 1956 2:56
099. Marek Jackowski   "Oprócz blekitnego nieba"  0:23
100. Lucio Demare - Raul Beron "Canta pajarito" 1943 3:24
101. Lucio Demare - Raul Beron "Que solo estoy" 1943 3:04
102. Lucio Demare - Raul Beron "Moneda De Cobre"  2:54
103. Viktor Tsoy  "Kukushka cortina long 2"  0:37
In contrast to an earlier alt tanda, this one is about as heavy and grounded as it gets ... I should have added Analia Goldberg's El Adios for good measure!
104. Fervor de Buenos Aires  "E.G.B." 2007 2:26
105. Fervor de Buenos Aires  "Nostalgias" 2007 3:26
106. Fervor de Buenos Aires  "Quien Sos" 2007 3:08
(the cortina was from Gilda but I later dragged it down the list as I was adding tandas; Gramofon turned out to be the local area's birthday-vals hit)
107. Klezmatics  "Di Goldene Pave" 2000 4:01
108. Evgeny Doga "Gramofon" 2002 2:28
109. Yann Tiersen  "La valse d'Amélie (Version originale)" 2006 2:16
110. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto1"  0:28
111. Miguel Caló - Raúl Iriarte "Cada dia te extrano mas" 1943 2:35
112. Miguel Caló - Raúl Iriarte "La noche que te fuiste" 1945 2:45
113. Miguel Caló - Raúl Iriarte  "La vi llegar" 1944 3:24
114. Viktor Tsoy  "Nam s toboj (For you and me) cortina long"  0:52
115. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Rondando Tu Esquina" 1945 2:48
116. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Corrientes Y Esmeralda" 1944 2:49
117. Osvaldo Pugliese - Jorge Maciel "Remembranza" 1956 3:41
118. Gilda  "Noches Vacias cortina"  0:22
119. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Hasta siempre amor" 1958 2:57
120. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Queriendote" 1955 2:49
121. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Sus Ojos Se Cerraron" 1956 2:47
122. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La cumparsita" 1951 3:54
123.  (the party just wouldn't stop, and even added tandas aren't enough, so there is a little post-Cumparsita section)
124. Eendo  "Eshgh e Aasemaani" 2011 3:31
125. Goran Bregovic  "Maki Maki" 2009 3:33
126. Kevin Johansen + the Nada "Sur o No Sur" 2002 4:53

Friday, June 22, 2018

Junando Practica Playlist, June 2018

Sorry it took so long to post. Can't catch up with all the things I need to do...
01. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La viruta" 1936 2:20
02. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Champagne tango" 1938 2:26
03. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "Sábado Inglés" 1946 2:38
04. Agapornis  "Hasta es final cortina"  0:18
05. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá  "Te quiero todavia" 1939 2:54
06. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá  "Tormenta" 1939 2:38
07. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Famá "Algun dia te dire" 1939 2:16
08. Maya Kristalinskaya  "A za oknom"  0:16
09. Pedro Láurenz - Alberto Podestá  "Paisaje" 1943 2:51
10. Pedro Láurenz - C. Bermudez y J. Linares "Mendocina" 1944 2:35
11. Pedro Láurenz -  Juan Carlos Casas  "Mascarita" 1940 2:53
12. Los Iracundos  "Puerto Montt rock" 1971, 1971 0:27
13. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray  "Isla de Capri" 1935 3:16
14. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Canto de amor" 1934 3:25
15. Osvaldo Fresedo - Roberto Ray "Sollosos" 1937 3:27
16. Agapornis  "Hasta es final cortina"  0:18
17. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental "Milongueando En El 40" 1941 2:32
18. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental "Cachirulo" 1941 2:37
19. Anibal Troilo - Instrumental "Guapeando" 1941 2:50
20. Carlitos Rolan  "Cuarteto2"  0:19
What is your opinion on Canaro's 1950s quintet milongas?
21. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "La cara de la luna" 1959 2:29
22. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "Corralera" 1956 2:05
23. Quinteto Pirincho - Instrumental "Milongon" 1952 2:29
24. Gilda  "Noches Vacias cortina"  0:22
25. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Que te importa que te llore" 1942 2:44
26. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Corazon No Le Hagas Caso" 1942 3:00
27. Miguel Caló - Raúl Berón "Jamas Retornaras" 1942 2:31
28. Lidiya Ruslanova  "Valenki 4 (cortina)"  0:24
29. Pedro Laurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "Vieja amiga" 1938 3:13
30. Pedro Laurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "Amurado" 1940 2:30
31. Pedro Laurenz - Juan Carlos Casas "No me extrana" 1940 2:44
32. Russian folk  "Murka"  0:20
The fastest vals tanda I ever played... I imagined it might be my birthday music, although I never had a moment to formally announce it :)
33. Juan D'Arienzo - Walter Cabral  "Irene" 1936 2:29
34. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Romeo Gavio "Noches correntinas" 1939 2:18
35. Alberto Castillo  "Violetas (vals)" 1948 2:37
36. Folk  "Yablochko cortina 1"  0:21
Alberto Podestá recorded very few pieces with Di Sarli when they briefly resumed work together in 1947. The more tragic of them, especially "Dejame, no quiero verte mas", are amazing IMHO. Couldn't make a whole tanda keeping this mood without turning to the earlier, more familiar classics.
37. Carlos di Sarli - Alberto Podestá "Otra noche" 1944 2:37
38. Carlos di Sarli - Alberto Podestá  "Por el camino" 1947 2:48
39. Carlos di Sarli - Alberto Podestá  "Dejame No Quiero Verte Mas" 1947 3:23
40. ZZ Top  "Sharp Dressed Man cortina"  0:25
Horacio Salgan (June 15, 1916 – August 19, 2016), an amazing Afro-Argentine tango and jazz pianist, whose life spanned a whole century, is the orchestra leader whose birth we are celebrating this month. I picked two instrumental pieces for a commemorative tanda. The first one from the 1960s when Salgan teamed up with Laurenz in a short-lived quintet of tango's brightes stars. The second is from Salgan's own band from the 1950s. 
41. Quinteto Real - Instrumental "Ensuenos" 1965 3:10
42. Horacio Salgan - Instrumental "Los Mareados" 1952 3:23
43. Orquesta Tipica Fervor de Buenos Aires "Quien Sos" 2007 3:08
44. Gilda  "Noches Vacias cortina"  0:22
Having ventured into the contemporary and the alternative with the previous tanda, we continue with a set of modern slow-longas.
45.  Trio Garufa "Milonga uruguaya" 2012 4:11
46. Paco Mendoza & DJ Vadim  "Los Ejes De Mi Carreta" 2013 3:23
47. Otros Aires  "Perro Viejo" 2016 3:21
48. Folk  "Yablochko cortina 2"  0:19
49. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "El Adios" 1938 3:09
50. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 1940 3:12
51. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio  "Mi Serenata" 1940 3:02
52. Agapornis  "Hasta es final cortina"  0:18
53. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Toda Mi Vida" 1941 2:55
54. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Maragata" 1941 2:44
55. Anibal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "El Bulin De La Calle Ayacucho" 1941 2:29
56. Russian Folk  "Gypsy Girl (cortina)"  0:22
57. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Romance de Barrio" 2011 2:41
58. Color Tango  "Illusion de mi vida" 2005 3:00
59. Osváldo Pugliese - Instrumental "Desde El Alma" 1943 2:56
60. Kansas  "Dust in the wind cortina"  0:23
61. Osváldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Rondando Tu Esquina" 1945 2:49
62. Osváldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Farol" 1943 3:22
63. Osvaldo Pugliese - Roberto Chanel "Corrientes Y Esmeralda" 1944 2:49
64. Alfredo de Angelis - Instrumental "La cumparsita" 1961 3:33
65. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "El Boulevard de la desilusion" 1943 2:16

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gardel's French family and the ghosts of the Dirty War

Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) and colonel Jean Gardes (1914-2000)
As some of my readers might know, one of my "other hobbies" is genealogy, and I often combine tango travels with visits to dusty archives and overgrown cemeteries and quizzing long-lost relatives. Last week's trip to Canada was no exception. I danced to a whole number of tandas which excited me both as a DJ and as a flesh-and-bones tanguero (Noches correntinas, oh my, it turns out that one can dance to it! Rebeldia of a quality which makes me salivate, in a milonga tanda topped with the classic Mi Vieja Linda! Or how about a dramatic tanda united by the voice of Floreal Ruiz with the orchestras of Basso and Rotundo?)
But I also visited a wonderful and very distant relative whom I only knew from our online conversations before. Incredibly, he immediately dropped a name of ... Carlos Gardel. Like, do I know about this singer, who was a big name in tango in his age?
It turns out that Gardel's French relatives were his in-laws, and they liked to talk about their famous Argentine kin. About the mystery of his birth and the horror of his fiery death. About the shame Gardel's well-off and very conservative relatives back home felt about his sexy songs and rumored mob connections. I listened. And now I know that the well-known account of Elena Irene Gardes in her 1996 book "Carlos Gardel y la raíz de mi genealogía" is only part true, that her Gardes ancestors did remember quite a few things about Carlos Gardel's roots correctly, but many mistakes were introduced into the story as the author was trying to "connect the dots". Let me try to fix it, and then to mention a special connection the Gardel's relatives had to the Argentine Dirty War and the infamous torture-center at ESMA.

The outline of the family lore of the ancestors of Elena Irene Gardes went like this: after the parents of Gardel's mother Berthe divorced,  Berthe moved in with her uncle's family, and had an illicit relationship with her cousin, a few years junior. She gave birth to a boy Charles (future Carlos Gardel) and was forced to flee to South America. (To those who sincerely believe that Gardel was South America's native son, born in Tacuarembó, Uruguay, I have to apologize. There is plenty of room for legends in the story of Carlos Gardel, and I respect your faith, but you probably shouldn't read any further). There are also plenty of reasons why the immigrants occasionally need dubious documents and certificates (as did Gardel when he obtained a certificate of birth in Uruguay), but I'm going to stick with El Zorzal's actual genealogy in this post.
"Heartbroken". "Doña Berta" Gardes mourns her son (and right away, we witness another fringe
theory about their identity...) 

Berthe Gardes with her beloved first cousin Marie "Marissou"
and her sister-in-law Charlotte on one of  her many visits
to her home town, Toulouse. More great imagery here.
The story of Berthe Gardes, her involvement with a cousin, and her illicit child has been retold very similarly both by my Canadian correspondent's in-laws in Paris, and by the Gardes's kin in his native Toulouse, Jean-Claude Barrat and Henri Brune. There is nothing surprising about it, as the Gardeses were a tight-knit clan and Carlos Gardel was their one truly famous cousin, so of course every Gardes family branch knew some details of the story of his birth. But who exactly was the uncle with whom Berthe stayed, and who fathered her child? Generations later, these details differ in different families' accounts.

Elena Irene Gardes believed that Berthe's uncle was her own great-grand Louis Geniez Gardes, who lived in Saint-Geniez d'Olt in Avyeron, some 120 miles from Toulouse. Jean-Claude Barrat insisted that the uncle in question was his 2nd great-grandfather Bruno Marie Barrat (the husband of Berthe's aunt, Jeanne Petronille Gardes) in Toulouse, at 4 rue du Canon d'Arcole. Adding to Barrat's story, his 2nd cousin Henri Brune, a great-grandson of Bruno Marie Barrat and Berthe's aunt, Jeanne Petronille Gardes, told about meeting Gardel in Toulouse in 1934, a year before the Zorzal's untimely death. Henri was 13 years old then, and he remembered Gardel as kind and generous, "a real Argentine spirit". They held a family reunion at the house of Gardel's uncle Jean Gardes at 16 Allées de Barcelone.
4 rue du Canon d'Arcole, Toulouse, the birth place of Charles Romuald Gardes better known as Carlos Gardel
In light of the vital and immigration records, the version of Elena Irene Gardes didn't stand scrutiny. In her story, Berthe Gardes grew up in her ancestors' house, but it turned out that Louis Geniez Gardes, his wife, and their 6 children immigrated from France to Argentina in January 1891, barely a year after Berthe's parents Vital Gardes and Hélène Camarès divorced (on 27 December 1889).  And Berthe was actually in her mid-20s then. And whatever the relation of Louis Geniez Gardes to Berthe might have been, it was much more distant than uncle-niece, anyway. He was a son of Louis Gardes and  Rose Courtial, from Combetelade, a tiny village in Saint-Geniez d'Olt. Berthe's grandparents, however, were Toulouse-born Jean Marie Gardes and Marie Anna Pascale Bonnefoy.

As to the identity of Gardel's secret father, Elena Irene Gardes has not just one but two theories. One is that Berthe was romantically involved with a first cousin, several years her junior. Elena Irene Gardes names this cousin as "Joseph, a seminarian" who supposedly had to leave France as well, and lived in Asia and Africa before settling in Buenos Aires, where his descendant, Marie Thérèse Gardes, still lived; his grandson, Dr. Heriberto Gardes (1924-1916), born and deceased in Pehuajó, was a pediatric surgeon, and another descendant Esteban Ramón Gardes, lived in Eldorado. Heriberto remembered that his grandfather José Gardes first settled in San Mauricio, Rivadavia, but after few years moved to Pehuajó and established a private Catholic school there. Joseph's brother Eduardo is said to have emigrated to Argentina as well; Eduardo's son Luciano, born in in Saint-Geniez d'Olt, lived in Fortín Olavarría. Luciano's children eventually moved to BsAs: Irene, born in 1919, and Juan Oscar Gardes, born in  August 1929. No such persons can be found on Gardel's detailed family tree, and we must conclude that the story of Joseph's fatherhood must be an invention of yet another Argentine branch of the Gardeses. But the story of Gardel's father being a first cousin of Berthe, and a son of the uncle with whom she lived after her parents' divorce, is supported by relatives in Toulouse and Paris. This cousin is said to have been Jean Claire Barrat, 3 years younger than Berthe.
Gardel's most detailed family tree, a result of much archive and cemetery work and interviews,
published in 1998 by Christiane Bricheteau
The stigma of first cousin's union must have been so great that in her 1996 book, Elena Irene Gardes insisted that Berthe's cousin, while romantically involved with her, wasn't her child's actual biological father! (In a 2010 interview, she recanted and indicated that it was a cousin who impregnated Berthe). The alternative hypothesis, possibly originating from Berthe herself, is that the father was Paul Lasserre "who had to leave Toulouse soon after Berthe got pregnant" and started another family. This Paul Lassere turns out to be a close associate of Gardeses in Toulouse. His mom ran an ironing shop, and both Berthe and her mother Helene, in the fashion business, used it professionally. Paul Lassere  worked as an engineer at Sirven paper mills; his daughter Fanny Lasserre mentioned that Carlos Gardel visited their family when they lived in Nice. My belief is that, rather than being a father of Berthe's child, he was a friend of her family who volunteered to help them bury their secret.

But what about the Parisian Gardeses, the ones who gave the initial nudge for this post? They intensely disapproved of El Zorzal and of tango in general, but were well aware of the secret of Gardel's birth. They also had their own, quite sinister, connection to Argentina...

Jean Gardes is said to have been the most decorated
lieutenant of the French Army in 1944/1945
The parents of colonel Jean Gardes moved to Paris even before WWI. He was born there on October 4, 1914. Between the wars they are said to have amassed a fortune of over 20,000,000 Franks, and owned a number of restaurants in the City of Lights. Jean became a career military officer, fighting the Italians in WWII, then battling anti-Colonialist insurgents in the Indochina and Algiers throughout the 1950s. Trained in psychological operations, he became a leader of the "5th Dept" (psy-ops) in Algiers. Intensely conservative, colonel Jean Gardes disapproved of President De Gaulle's course, and started playing an increasingly active role in the "French Algiers" underground and its "Secret Army Organization", better known for its French acronym OAS. The anti-Gaullist and anti-Left efforts of the OAS seem to have been tightly coordinated with the American secret services; they also started liaising with the Argentine military, which have just recently deposed Juan Peron, as early as in 1957.  The French counterinsurgency fight borrowed the pages from the very movements they fought, focusing on the trifecta of propaganda, ideology (of staunch Catholicism and patriotism, in their case), and intimidation and torture. It was in Algiers where the word "death squads" was first put into circulation.

The cover of Marie-Monique Robin's 2008 book
"Escadrons de la mort, l'école française"
("Death squads, French school") juxtaposes images of
1961 OAS putchists with Argentine Dirty War leaders
In January 1960, colonel Jean Gardes was on the OAS barricades, besieging government buildings. Ordered out of Algiers, he was put on trial, but acquitted and allowed to return. The following spring, OAS-aligned and CIA-supported top military brass staged a coup against De Gaulle, but failed to secure control beyond Algiers. Following the failure of the putsch, colonel Jean Gardes was sentenced to death in July 1961. For a while he fought with the rightist maquis guerrilla in the highlands of Ouarsenis, then escaped to Spain. In May 1962, he was rumored (probably falsely) to have been involved in one of many OAS's assassination plots against President De Gaulle (not the most famous Day of the Jackal attempt - that one happened later in summer). The French government pressed Spain to remove the threat of OAS from its borders, and finally, in February 1963, they reached an accord. Colonel Gardes was detained, along with many other OAS fighters. A month later, he was granted asylum in Argentina.

Only it wasn't quite a humanitarian kind of relief. As a French investigative reporter Marie-Monique Robin found out, the condition of colonel Jean Gardes's entry was that he will help train Argentine counterinsurgency forces. His handler was an Argentine Naval intelligence officer, Federico Lucas Roussillon, and his appointment, at the infamous ESMA. Ostensibly a school of naval mechanics, ESMA was already turning into the death squad central. In a few years, it will emerge as the chief illegal detention and torture facility of the Dirty War, and after the end of the military dictatorship - into the memorial museum of the thousands of Argentines tortured and killed there (it is symbolic that on the same Canada trip, I got listen to Mary-Claire King's talk about her DNA work with the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, using genetic testing to reunite grandmothers whose daughters "disappeared" in the terror with their secretly adopted, or rather stolen, grandchildren)

In the late 1950s and the early 1960s the Argentinian security forces were eager to learn from the French counterinsurgency experience. When the influential, and scary, book "La guerre moderne" by the French military ideologist Trinquier has been translated into Spanish, it appeared with a preface explaining that torture is as indispensable in the fight against terrorists and revolutionaries as are assault rifles against enemy infantry or antiaircraft guns against enemy planes.

Colonel Jean Gardes taught psy-ops, reportedly having to resort to a Communist movie denouncing the abuses of the Algerian war as a visual aid (one has to wonder if the Frenchman's secret wish was to be fired from this job...). It doesn't look like his appointment lasted, anyway. Soon, he was resettled in faraway Neuquén, and turned to the family line of business - fine French food, manufacturing paté de foie. 5 years later, he received a pardon and returned to France. The family recalled that he's got back his military rank and decorations. Interestingly, Jean Gardes's grandson followed many of his footsteps, graduating from  l'Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr and serving in many missions abroad - but he is a prominent member of Gaullist Union today!

I believe that Colonel Jean Gardes's  involvement with the Argentine special forces and ESMA has been short and largely superficial, and that he just wasn't a ruthless henchman they wanted. Still, the comparison between two Gardeses' fate in BsAs, between tango's formative years and its Dark Ages, is sad and uncanny... and I would appreciate it if someone with a better knowledge of the matters helps me understand it better

Monday, April 16, 2018

Milonga Sin Nombre Homenaje a Edgardo Donato

April may be my favorite DJing month because it always gives me an opportunity to play lots of Edgardo Donato recordings. The famously absent-minded violinist with his silly-looking round eyeglasses and convention-bending songs lyrics, Donato was the original, and fierce, equal-opportunity employer, featuring blacks, gays, and, most horrifyingly for the night-club culture of his time, women in the leading roles. A darling of the underclass-y dockside establishment which bore an English name, "Ocean Dancing", Donato stuck around in the early 1930s even as the Great Depression and a neo-colonial trade deal with Britain destroyed the Argentine economy and forced all other famed tango orchestras from the dance halls of Buenos Aires. Defying hardship and naysayers, Edgardo Donato has become of one the forces behind the dramatic comeback of tango later in the 1930s.

The primal quality of Donato's music, bitter and sweet, grounded and flying away, always leaves me enchanted. The opening tanda features just one Donato song, from the Old Guard times when orchestra styles were so fluid and interchangeable that it's often easier to assemble a good tanda out of recordings of several groups:
001. Sexteto Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Belen" 1929 2:44
002. Edgardo Donato - Luis Diaz "Adelina" 1929 2:58
003. Orquesta Tipica Victor (dir. A. Carabelli)  "Coqueta" 1929 2:47
004. Soda Stereo  "Corazon elator"  0:28
Songs of tears and bluster ... a favorite Donato tanda with the voice of Horacio Lagos
005. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Lagrimas" 1939 2:50
006. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Soy Mendigo" 1939 2:32
007. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Me Voy A Baraja" 1936 2:25
008. Kisty Hawkshaw  "It's gonna be a fine night cortina long"  0:34
009. Carlos Di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "La Mulateada" 1941 2:23
010. Carlos Di Sarli - Alberto Podestá "Entre pitada y pitada" 1942 2:32
011. Carlos Di Sarli - Roberto Rufino "Yo Soy De San Telmo" 1943 2:20
012. Mammas and the Papas  "California Dreaming cortina long"  0:40
Think ca. 1940 vintage Fresedo - and your mind is enveloped in receding waves of harp and the depth of voice of Ricardo Ruiz. The crowning achievement of this period is Buscandote, "Searching for You", a rare verse libre masterpiece of a tango song, written and composed by Lalo Scalise. As luck may have it, Jose Mario Otero just wrote about Scalise and posted a rare picture of the pianist, composer, and poet together with Osvaldo Fresedo and Ricardo Ruiz. Enjoy!
013. Osvaldo Fresedo - Ricardo Ruiz "Viejo farolito" 1939 2:28
014. Osvaldo Fresedo - Ricardo Ruiz "Y no puede ser" 1939 2:26
015. Osvaldo Fresedo - Ricardo Ruiz "Buscandote" 1941 2:49
016. Endless Boogie  "Trash Dog cortina" 2016 0:21
Donato's El Huracan, "The hurricane" is a ground-breaking, extremely rhythmical tango which planted the seeds of the soon-to-come Rhythmical Revolution of Tango of 1935. This opening song of this tanda features the voice of an Afro-Argentine star Felix Gutierrez ... while the closing songs comes with the voice of Lita Morales, the first ever female voice of the milonga. Do you see her on the right, listed as one of "Donato's boys"?
017. Edgardo Donato - Félix Gutiérrez "El Huracan" 1932 2:56
018. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Se Va La Vida" 1936 2:39
019. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales  "Chapaleando barro" 1939 2:21
020. Harry Roy  "South American Joe cortina 3"  0:21
We danced to "Con tu mirar" the previous weekend in Helena. What an underappreciated gem! Can't wait to play it in a tanda of my own design now:
021. Enrique Rodriguez - Roberto Flores "Fru Fru" 1939 2:57
022. Enrique Rodriguez - Ricardo Herrera, Fernando Reyes "Mecha" 1946 3:11
023. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Con tu mirar" 1941 2:13
024. Sandro de America  "Yo Te Amo cortina" 1968, 1968 0:23
The sweeter side of Donato:
025. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales - Romeo Gavio  "Mi Serenata" 1940 3:02
026. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "El Adios" 1938 3:09
027. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavio "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 1940 3:12
028. Viktor Tsoy  "Kukushka cortina long 2"  0:37
029. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás "Queja Indiana" 1939 2:24
030. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás "Son Cosas del Bandoneon " 1939 2:44
031. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás "Cielo!" 1939 2:31
032. Alexey Kudryavtsev  "The heart breaks cortina 2"  0:22
and the first milonga of the Donato tanda features a duet with a feminine voice of "Randona", the one they used before hiring the Goddess Lita. Randona was actually a guy, a violinist of the orchestra named Armando Julio Piovani
033. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y "Randona" "Sacale Punta" 1938 2:15
034. Edgardo Donato - Instrumental "El Torito" 1939 2:12
035. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "De Punta A Punta" 1939 2:20
036. Zhanna Aguzarova  "Miracle Land cortina"  0:31
037. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Solo compasion" 1941 2:58
038. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ahora no me conoces" 1940 2:34
039. Ángel D'Agostino - Ángel Vargas "Ninguna" 1942 2:57
040. Vitas  "7, the element cortina" 2012 0:23
041. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "La Trilla" 1940 2:21
042. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Nobleza De Arrabal" 1940 2:08
043. Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Shusheta" 1940 2:22
044.  "Hagedel Sheli"  0:28
Edgardo Donato used to explain that he can't play many valses to the unsophisticated, but trouble-ready, audience of Ocean Dancing. Did he really fear anything with irreverent valses like these three?
045. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Quien Sera" 1941 2:14
046. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos "Con tus besos" 1938 2:20
047. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales, Romeo Gavioli  "La shunca" 1941 2:35
048. Alexey Kudryavtsev  "Joy in My Sky cortina long"  0:25
049. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Tormenta" 1939 2:38
050. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "No me pregunten porque" 1939 2:51
051. Francisco Canaro - Ernesto Fama  "Te quiero todavia" 1939 2:54
052. Leonid Bykov  "Smuglyanka cortina long"  0:33
The next tanda is consecrated to Donato's star feminine voice Lita Morales. The first song is composed specially for Lita by Donato's great female collaborator, "Maruja" Pacheco. The other two, about lovingly trusted one's own heart and faling in and out of love, are vintage Lita story...
053. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales, Romeo Gavioli Various Artists "Triqui trá" 1940 2:34
054. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales y Ravio Gavioli "Yo Te Amo" 1940 2:50
055. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Sinsabor" 1939 2:53
056. Stas Borsov  "Anyuta cortina" 2000 0:21
057. Otros Aires  "Los Vino" 2010 2:43
058. Otros Aires  "Perro Viejo" 2016 3:21
059. Otros Aires  "Un Baile De Beneficio" 2010 3:42
060.  "Katyusha"  0:33
When I'm adding a Troilo-Fiorentino tanda, it's almost always their harshly rhythmical - albeit richly layered - hits from about 1941. Let me try tonight, for a change, something more melancholic and mellow...
061. Aníbal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Malena" 1942 2:59
062. Aníbal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Pa' que seguir" 1942 2:35
063. Aníbal Troilo - Francisco Fiorentino "Cada vez que me recuerdes" 1943 2:40
064. Carmen Piculeata  "Minor Blues" 2013 0:23
065. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podestá "Todo" 1943 2:38
066. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podestá "Recien" 1943 2:43
067. Pedro Laurenz - Alberto Podestá "Garua" 1943 3:11
068. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
069. Anibal Troilo - Alberto Marino y Floreal Ruiz "Palomita Blanca" 1944 3:13
070. Aníbal Troilo - Floreal Ruiz  "Llorarás llorarás" 1945 2:54
071. TAníbal Troilo - Edmundo Rivero y Floreal Ruiz "Lagrimitas De Mi Corazón" 1948 2:57
072. Soda Stereo  "Corazon elator"  0:28
073. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Tristezas de la calle Corrient" 1942 2:46
074. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Que te importa que te llore" 1942 2:44
075. Miguel Calo - Raul Beron  "Jamás Retornarás" 1942 2:28
076. Beatles The Beatles "All you Need is Love cortina" 0:19
077. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Cómo Se Pianta la Vida" 1940 2:23
078. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "Danza maligna" 1940 2:28
079. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Tabernero" 1941 2:33
080. Soda Stereo  "En la ciudad de furia"  0:24
081. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Ella Es Asi (feat. Enrique "El Peru" Chavez)" 2011 2:32
082. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Largas las Penas" 2011 3:02
083. The Alex Krebs Tango Sextet  "Negrito" 2011 1:53
084. Russian folk  "Murka"  0:20
085. Lucio Demare - Raul Beron  "Que solo estoy" 1943 3:04
086. Orquesta Típica Víctor - Alberto Carol "Bajo el Cono Azul" 1944 2:43
087. Orquesta Tipica Victor - Ortega Del Cerro "Una Vez" 1943 3:24
088. Russian Folk  "Kalinka-Malinka 2 (cortina)"  0:25
And the final, high-passion Donato tanda of this most excellent night
089. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Romeo Gavioli "Amando en silencio" 1941 2:51
090. Edgardo Donato - Romeo Gavioli "La Melodía Del Corazón" 1940 3:18
091. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Carnaval De Mi Barrio" 1939 2:25
092. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
093. Hector Varela - Argentino Ledesma "Muchacha" 1956 3:19
094. Hector Varela - Argentino Ledesma "Que tarde que has venido" 1956 2:55
095. Hector Varela - Argentino Ledesma "Fueron tres años" 1956 3:26
096. Zhanna Aguzarova "Old Hotel" 1987 0:22
097. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Hasta siempre amor" 1958 2:57
098. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Sus Ojos Se Cerraron" 1956 2:47
099. Donato Racciatti - Olga Delgrossi "Queriendote" 1955 2:49
100. Zhanna Aguzarova  "Miracle Land cortina"  0:31
101. Alfredo de Angelis - Instrumenrtal "Mi dolor" 1957 2:51
102. Alfredo De Angelis - Instrumenrtal  "Pavadita" 1958 2:53
103. Alfredo de Angelis - Instrumental  "Felicia" 1969 2:47
104. Juan D'Arienzo - Instrumental  "La cumparsita" 1951 3:54
The final track is added on special request from Jose Luis Bonaldo, the mastermind of a rival tango club who typically insists that the Anglos will never get it ... but who may sometimes trust a Ruso to ply a few crazy tunes :)
105. Mariano Mores  "Tanguera" 1955 2:51

Friday, March 30, 2018

Junando el Tango practica playlist, Mar 2018

Barely two hours of music and so many great names to celebrate! So many "March birthday boys" of tango! My first pass resulted in a very heavily rhythmic playlist; I carefully reintroduced slower and more melodic and dramatic tandas into it, but did I perhaps overdo it in the end?

D'Arienzo and Biagi. From El Espejero blog
Rodolfo Biagi, born March 14 1906, the most handsome tango band leader of all times, played one of the critically important roles in tango's history as the creator of the signature frenzied piano style of Juan D'Arienzo - likely the key ingredient which propelled D'Arienzo's orchestra to incredible success in 1935-1938, and reawakened the whole world of tango, ushering in its Golden Age. After splitting from "the King of the Beat" D'Arienzo, Rodolfo Biagi turned his orchestra into the rival Kingdom of Rhythm, spanning the range from exuberant to tragic and somber yet invariably extremely rhythmic. Dancing to Biagi is a deeply personal experience, and it may be the only orchestra which makes even such a tango omnivore as myself look around carefully in search of partners. Tonight I have time for just two Biagi tandas - one early, intense and unabashedly rhythmic, another late and brooding. Let's open the night with the sound of Biagi!
01. Rodolfo Biagi - Andrés Falgás  "La chacarera" 1940 2:24
02. Rodolfo Biagi - Teófilo Ibáñez  "Gólgota" 1938 2:33
03. Rodolfo Biagi - Jorge Ortíz "Humillación" 1941 2:42
04. Alla Pugacheva  "Etot mir"  0:33
05. Sexteto Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental "Pobre yo" 1929 2:12
06. Sexteto Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental  "T.B.C." 1928 3:02
07. Sexteto Carlos di Sarli - Instrumental  "Racing Club" 1930 2:34
08. Lyube  "Bat'ka Makhno cortina 1"  0:18
Alberto Echagüe was one of the signature "gangsta" voices of tango, a real porteño with a truly local sense of a voice, so idiosyncratically slightly off-time. His voice could mark the rhythm as powerfully as a percussion instrument. Not an opera singer by any means, but so tango! Whenever a dance floor loses steam, Echagüe is almost always the best rescuer, reenergizing the milonga like no one else. 
Born in Rosario on March 8 1909,  Alberto Echagüe started his capital city career with D'Agostino, but quickly became the signature voice of Juan D'Arienzo's early orchestras, sharing in their glory and in their low points (like when they recorded much-reviled tangos about hiccups or farts). When Juan Polito, D'Arienzo's 2nd pianist who replaced Biagi, split off from the King of the Beat, then Echagüe joined in the revolt as well. It was a far less amicable "divorce" then between D'Arienzo and Biagi. The King put his connections to work, this time, to suffocate the band of the disloyal musicians. The best halls and the recording studios turned their back on Polito, and by 1944,  Echagüe was back with his old employer. Only one  Echagüe tanda for tonight, alas.
09. Juan D'Arienzo - Alberto Echagüe "No Mientas" 1938 2:36
10. Juan D'Arienzo - Alberto Echagüe "Nada Mas" 1938 2:43
11. Juan D'Arienzo - Alberto Echagüe "Mandria" 1939 2:22
12. ZZ Top  "Sharp Dressed Man cortina"  0:25
Roberto Maida (smiling, in a gray suit in the center) with Francisco Canaro (with a bow tie, to the left of the mike)
among the musicians of Canaro's orchestra. From Tango Archive
Singer Roberto Maida is a March birthday boy as well. Born on March 3, 1908 in Italy, he traveled to Buenos Aires with his family at the age of 1.The Maida kid has been known for his voice, and tango was his passion. Barely a teenager, he started a career singing in the movies. At 17, he's got a job with Miguel Calo, and soon went on European tours which went almost uninterrupted for 7 years, getting him into the orbit of Carlos Gardel. Manuel Pizzarro, and Eduardo Blanco. It was the same circuit in which Francisco Canaro rotated as well, but they just tried a couple of tunes in those days. But after their return to Argentina, Canaro and Maida rediscovered each other, and joined forced for 5 years, recording almost 200 pieces together between 1934 and 1939. We will celebrate Maida by a milonga tanda first, then by a set of tango masterpieces.
13. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Largá las penas" 1935 3:08
14. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Milonga criolla" 1936 3:05
15. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Milonga brava" 1938 2:35
16. Los Iracundos  "Puerto Montt rock" 1971 0:27
17. Edgardo Donato - Lita Morales y Romeo Gavoli "Mi Serenata" 1940 3:01
18. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales y Romeo Gavioli "Sinfonia de Arrabal" 1940  3:09
19. Edgardo Donato - Horacio Lagos y Lita Morales "Carnaval De Mi Barrio" 1939 2:30
20. Lyube  "Bat'ka Makhno cortina 1"  0:18
Mauré (left) with the King of the Beat, and his other, less prolific singer Lamas. From Tango Archive
Héctor Mauré, born March 13, 1920, became the signature voice of Juan D'Arienzo's orchestra after the departure of  Echagüe. A powerful, and markedly more melodic voice, than the raw masculinity of Echagüe's vocal (and it's generally considered to be a major DJ faux pas to mix these two great voices in one tanda!)A son of Italian immigrants,  Mauré preferred to earn his money by boxing as a teenager. But a bad injury at 17 made him reconsider his plans, and make better use of his voice. In 1940, he joined D'Arienzo's orchestra, staying as their principal singer for 5 years with 50 recordings, until embarking on his solo career. Like many tango stars, Mauré was blacklisted after the government of Peron was deposed in 1955, but he never wavered in his love of tango even when the music could no longer bring him any money.
21. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré  "El olivo (El olvido)" 1941 2:52
22. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré  "Enamorado (Metido)" 1943 2:29
23. Juan D'Arienzo - Héctor Mauré  "Lilian" 1944 3:22
24. Los Naufragos  "Zapatos Rotos rock"  0:34
Fom Tangos al Bardo blog
One of the most versatile talents of tango, Enrique Rodriguez was born March 8, 1901, and back in the days played bandoneon with the orchestras of the Old Guard greats, like Pancho and Canaro, and with the prescient leader of the future rhythmic revolution of tango, Edgardo Donato. But when Rodriguez convened his own orchestra in 1936, he christened it an Orchestra of All Rhythms, covering both the Tango and the Tropical sides of the milonga of the 1930s-1940s (when the big dance parties featured two orchestras taking turns every half an a hour, one playing tango and the other, foxtrots, pasodobles and "tropical" genres_. Many orchestras dabbled in both genres, usually under different names, and only "crossing the lines" in recorded music. Rodriguez, however, dared to cover all genres at once, winning the market for the private parties, where bands capable of playing all beats were in special demand. And so in the popular culture of his day, Enrique Rodriguez received the highest acclaim for his foxtrots rather than for his excellent tangos. Tonight, we only have time for one vals tanda of Enrique Rodriguez, and then for one more of his tangofox. But the amazing energy of Rodriguez's tangos shouldn't be forgotten either, His is really an Orchestra of All Beats, exactly as claimed. 
25. Enrique Rodriguez - El "Chato" Flores "Los Piconeros (Vals)" 1939 2:47
26. Enrique Rodriguez - El "Chato" Flores "Las Espigadoras (Vals)" 1938 2:47
27. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno  "En el volga yo te espero" 1943 2:40
I couldn't resist prefacing one of the best hits of Roberto Maida, "Ciego", about the blindness of love, with a snippet of Russian ballad of the blind.... 
28. Sergey Nikitin  "Song of the Bkind " 1988 0:26
29. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida  "Ciego" 1935 2:57
30. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Recuerdos De Paris" 1937 3:12
31. Francisco Canaro - Roberto Maida "Condena (S.O.S.)" 1937 2:39
32. Gilda  "Noches Vacias cortina"  0:22
The signature song of the following tanda is Malvón, the hymn of the mallow-flower which is the symbol of our upcoming spring festival of tango!

33. Ricardo Tanturi - Enrique Campos "Oigo Tu Voz" 1943 3:09
34. Ricardo Tanturi - Enrique Campos "Malvón" 1943 2:59
35. Ricardo Tanturi - Enrique Campos "La Abandone Y No Sabia" 1944 2:50
36. Harry Roy  "South American Joe cortina 3"  0:21
Enrique Rodriguez is the reigning Rey del Fox, and we gotta play some of his signature foxtrots to celebrate his birthday tonight. As a side note: we've been to a tango marathon in Budapest where "Amor in Budapest" has been played, in lieu of "La Cumparsita", to close the milongas!
37. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Se va el tren" 1942 3:10
38. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "No Apures Por Dios Postillon" 1945 2:59
39. Enrique Rodriguez - Armando Moreno "Amor en Budapest" 1940 2:42
40. Viktor Tsoy  "Good morning, last Hero cortina long" 1989 0:35
It's been less than two months since I finalized the story of Russian "Ojos Negros". Happy to play one of its best versions tonight!
41. Florindo Sassone =  Instrumental "Ojos Negros (Oscar Strok)" 1968 2:28
42. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental "Adios corazon (reverb)" 1968 2:16
43. Florindo Sassone - Instrumental  "Bar Exposicion" 1968 3:26
44. Zhanna Aguzarova "Old Hotel" 1987 0:22
"The dark side of Biagi"
45. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Alguien" 1956 3:14
46. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Solamente Dios y yo" 1958 2:30
47. Rodolfo Biagi - Hugo Duval  "Esperame en el cielo" 1958 2:52
a folk cortina presages a tanda of a very folk-minded orchestra of Juan de Dios Filiberto, the musician who insisted that there must be no divide between Argentine Tango and its other folkloric styles, and that all the rhythms of Criollo music go hand in hand. It's Filiberto's birth month too. The great violinist and orchestra leader has been born on the 8th of March 1885
48. Folk  "Shumel Kamysh "  0:23
49. Juan De Dios Filiberto - Instrumental "Tus Ojos Me Embelesan" 1935 2:34
50. Juan De Dios Filiberto - Instrumental "Pensando En Ti" 1935 2:50
51. Juan De Dios Filiberto - Instrumental "Palomita Blanca" 1959 2:35
In the run-up to the Passover, it's time for a new Israeli-themed cortina, a superbly Oriental Mizrahi music piece. Hag Pesach Sameach!
52. Zehava Ben  "Yerushalaim Shel Zahav cortina"  0:27

Astor Piazzolla was born in March too. March 11, 1921. The bandoneonist genius and one-time "enfant terrible" prankster of Troilo's orchestra who once to dreamed of nothing else than forgetting tango and leaving behind its Dark Ages, Piazzolla ended up being a savior of tango music in its darkest hour. It's as easy to love Piazzolla's Renewed Tango as it is hard to dance it. We start this mixed tanda with his superb 1982 "Oblivion"
53. Astor Piazzolla - Instrumental "Oblivion" 1982 3:36
54. Cirque du Soleil - Instrumental "Querer" 1994 4:37
55. Shigeru Umebayashi  "Yumeji's Theme (In the Mood for Love)" 2001 2:30
56. Zhanna Aguzarova "Cats" 1987 0:21
57. Alfredo De Angelis -  Instrumental "Pavadita" 1958 2:53
58. Alfredo De Angelis  -  Instrumental "Felicia " 1969 2:48
59. Alfredo De Angelis  -  Instrumental "Mi Dolor" 1959 2:51
60. Victor Tsoy  "Blood Type (cortina long)"  0:36
Which song is the highlight of the Ultimate Tanda? The irresistible soft hit of Remembranza, or the Pañuelito, the little white kerchief which is so dear to us because Erskine Maytorena made it a highlight of QTango Orchestra's repertoire? Or the sensual extreme of the "Pasional"?
61. Osvaldo Pugliese - Jorge Maciel "Remembranza" 1956 3:41
62. Osvaldo Pugliese - Jorge Maciel "El pañuelito" 1959 2:42
63. Osvaldo Pugliese - Alberto Morán "Pasional" 1951 3:26
and we close the night with a hit of a Russian-American prodigy recorded with a Hollywood-Latin band:
64. Xavier Cugat - Dinah Shore "La Cumparsita" 1939 3:10