Cuesta Arriba Tango Club
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Welcome to our Tango Music Club!
Nothing improves your dancing so much as a good feeling for the special qualities of tango music. The idea of the club was to help you build a library of good tango music, tailored to your own tastes.
The club ran for 8 years, from December 2008 to December 2015, but was forced to close because of the reducing supply of tango CDs, itself a consequence of on-line listening (youtube and spotify) and of course copying.
This month's cds (May 2015):
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Ricardo Malerba / José García - Grabaciones Olvidades
The infamous lime-green and yellow covers don't get any uglier than this one, a visual impression that stays with you even once you know that the dreary scene depicted is the waterfront in the legendary barrio of La Boca. Maybe it's a plot to stop you buying this cd.
Presented here are two orchestras that were for many years less well known, for reasons of history rather than quality. Perhaps you have heard of José García y sos zorros grises (José García and his grey foxes), who takes the second half of this CD, as there was a commercial release of him from El Bandoneón in 2000. Prior to this, there were 2 cds on private Japanese labels.
José García's orchestra didn't play much outside it's own barrio, and that's why he's not much known today. Something like a cross between Tanturi and Di Sarli, the playing and arrangements are just first class.
Another rare flower now is the orchestra of Ricardo Malerba. Not now considered one of the top tier, the simplicity of the arrangements can't compete with, say, Miguel Caló, but it's great to dance to and has made its way onto the playlists of those looking for something different but still danceable.
Just get one: it's our top recommendation this month
Ricardo Malerba (canta: Orlando Medina)
- Gitana rusa
- Ropa blanca
- Mi taza de café
- Pasado florido
- Tres amigos
- La piba de los jazmines
José García (canta:Alfredo Rojas)
- Esta noche de luna
- Tristeza marina
- Préstame tu pañuelo vals
- El once
- A lo mejor quién te dice
- Junto a tu corazón
- Farolito de papel
- Hula la misteriosa milonga candombe
Bianco Bachicha - Original Tangos
An extremely rare CD of one of the best orchestras that played in Paris in the late 1920s, certainly the best that stayed rather than making a tour. Bianco and Bachicha, the two principals, led lives that today seem to us the stuff of fantasy. Their association was shortlived but produced some wonderful and unique music.
You may not think you know Eduardo Bianco, but you do. He wrote the lyrics of Poema. Bandoneonista Bachicha was the nickname of Juan Deambroggio, who after early successes with the great names of the 1910s - Firpo, Maffia and others - decided to live out his professional life in Europe. Together they formed the Bianco-Bachicha orchestra which opened the Cabaret Palermo in the legendary 'El Garron'. Also in the band was guitarist Horacio Pettorossi, who is remoured to be the real author of the tango Bandoneón arrabalero, a huge hit at the time that was recorded by Gardel. The band was creative and successful, breaking up in 1928 when these men decided to go their separate ways.
Naturally the music has a European sensibility but the quality of both the musicians and the repertoire (much of it composed by band members) makes it much more interesting than the others. Fantastic melancholic singing from Juan Raggi, and César Alberu brings off No te quiero más much more convincingly than Jorge Valdes will later manage with Juan D'Arienzo. Really a super CD.
- La cumparsita
- Bandoneón arrabalero
- No te quiero más
- Tengo ganas de llorar
- Oro muerto
- Paso lento
- Enfermita mía
- Juan Raggi (2,3,7,10,19)
- César Alberu (6,18)
- Mario Melfi and chorus (21)
Rafael Rossi - Bailando en la estancia grande
Following the popularity of the CD of música campera (country music) by Felipe Antonio that we brought to you last September (admittedly it has a prettier cover) here's an album by the man recognised as the greatest in the genre, Rafael Rossi.
Rossi was a member of the huge orchestra assembled by Canaro and Firpo for the carnivals of 1920 and he was a significant composer - the classic Jueves comes from his pen. However he always leaned towards folk themes, perhaps influenced by the decision of Odeón - who had Firpo for their tango recordings - to offer him a contract recording country music.
Here Rossi, backed by guitars, leads the group from his bandoneón. The music is light, charming and unpretentious. As tango dancers, the valses are of the most interest. There are many that you won't know, but you may recognise Con tu mirar (Canaro, Rodríguez) and Visión celeste (D'Arienzo).
Dig a little deeper and other tracks become more familiar too. En un bosque de la China was recorded as a rumba by Rodríguez and also by José García The especially studious may know the polca El viejito del acordeón from the much better known version by Canaro - it was also recorded by Lomuto.
- Bella morena paso doble
- Ciudad de Córdoba vals
- Debajo del parral ranchera
- Bailando el fox-trot fox-trot
- Con tu mirar vals
- Se baila en la estancia grande ranchera
- Quita penas paso doble
- Cadenita de amor ranchera
- El viejito del acordeón ranchera
- Viaje a Arguello vals
- Camino al Don fox-trot
- La chica del 17 paso doble
- Visión celeste vals
- Me enamoré una vezranchera
- En un bosque de la China fox-trot
- En un rincón de Sevilla paso doble
- Hacele un rulo a la novia ranchera
- Coplas y toros paso doble
We all know that tango was not the only music in Buenos Aires. Jazz and swing were widespread, but there was also Cuban music. Cuban bands worked in the cruise ships that plied the coasts of South America and it wasn't long before their music arrived in Buenos Aires.
This CD presents the best of the Argentine artists performing in the genre. The level is really high - these bands sound very similar to Cuban bands from the same period. You may even know some of these tracks: Dos gardenias was one of the songs brought to a new audience by the legendary Ibrahim Ferrer
- Una mujer - Gregorio Barrios
- Final - Gregorio Barrios
- Somos - Gregorio Barrios
- Deuda - Leo Marini
- Llanto de luna - Leo Marini
- Diez años - Leo Marini
- Mi carta - Hugo Marini
- Amorosamente - Hugo Marini
- Verdad amarga - Hugo Marini
- Así - Genaro Salinas
- Celos - Genaro Salinas
- Ansiedad - Genaro Salinas
- Dos gardenias - Fernando Albuerne
- Cosas pequenas - Fernando Albuerne
- Pecado - Fernando Albuerne
- Nosotros - Fernando Torres
- Hilos de plata - Fernando Torres
- Toda una vida (estaría contigo) - Fernando Torres
- Dos almas - Gregorio Barrios
- Inolvidable - Gregorio Barrios
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