Florindo Sassone belongs not to the golden age of tango but to the transition era of the 1950s and beyond. His big break came in 1947 when he discovered the singer Jorge Casal. The orchestra became a huge success (and Casal went on to sing with Troilo, the dream of every singer).
In the 1960s and 70s Sassone made recordings with huge lineups and its these recordings that are popular today amongst those for whom a lush sound is the most important thing.
However, Sassone does not really belong with the first rank of orchestras and there are therefore relatively few CDs available.
I'm on a budget - just give me something lush!
We have the disc for you! For this 1967 recording Sassone assembled a 42 piece orchestra. The selections are certainly international, including the two tangos by non-Argentine composers that have become accepted into the tango pantheon, El Escondite de Hernando (Hernando's Hideaway) and Celos (Jealousy), and one that didn't, Leroy Anderson's Tango Azúl (Blue Tango). This is our most popular Sassone cd, but purists be warned - you may not be able to take this seriously.
2000 release, 16 tracks
La cumparsita; Nostalgias; Re-fa-si; Caminito; La morocha; Rodriguez Peña; El choclo; A media luz; Chiqué; Carrillon de la merced; Quejas de bandoneón; El huracán; El escondite de Hernando; Ojos negros; Tango azúl; Celos
I want more
- For more of the instrumentals recorded on Odeón (1957-1970), get either the ever popular two volumes entitled Bien Milonguero on Reliquias, or, if you think one CD will be enough for you, the better-presented but poorer value 14 track Sassone album on Bailando Tango
- For something a little more authentic, get the Sassone album on Euro Records / Archivo RCA - remastered from the original studio tapes, and therefore with very much better fidelity than the El Bandoneón album which covers largely the same ground (EBCD-105). It contains a sparkling transfer of Sassone's fabulous but hard-to-find instrumental El relámpago (the lightning bolt).
- If you really want everything, get the second Sassone album on El Bandoneón (EBCD-120) which largely features recordings made with vocalist Roberto Chanel around 1949-1950.