Uruguayan tango singer Vayo Raimondo, performing simply as Vayo, dedicates his third album to the memory of the bandoneón master Toto Damario, one of the three musicians, along with guitarist Mario Nuñez and double bassist Miguel Pose, who accompanies him on the disc. The bandoneón, an accordion-like instrument, provides the basic sound of tango, especially the Montevideo-bred version followed by Vayo. Although there are originals here, including the singer's own "Yo Soy un Tango" (I Am a Tango), this is a traditional collection, and Vayo's insistence on emphasizing the music and the playing of Damario over himself leads him, in an odd gesture, to absent himself from seven of the 19 tracks, leaving them to be played instrumentally by the trio of musicians. When he does step in, Vayo displays a powerful, clear baritone voice and a good sense of rhythm, an important element in tango. Although it perhaps should be co-credited to Damario, Tango Legends is an excellent expression of tango music.
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TANGO LEGENDS VAYO Vayo Raimondo, an American originally from Uruguay, goes by his first name on his recordings. Tango Legends is the singer’s third CD. This is your chance to hear classic tangos sung and played in the traditional tango style as it developed a hundred years ago in South America. This is authentic-sounding tango music with its emotional vocal interpretation and its acoustic musicianship (only featuring three instruments – acoustic guitar and bass along with bandoneon which is like an accordion). Vayo calls the album Tango Legends because his three musicians are some of the top tangueros in the region where tango music originated along the Plate River which divides Argentina and Uruguay. Featured is the late Toto Damario, one of the top bandoneonists of the past 50 years, as well as acoustic guitarist Mario Nunez and acoustic bassist Miguel Pose. Unlike some modern tango singers who go for fast-paced tangos in which they almost shout over the instruments, this more traditional style is soft and slow with the lyrics sung in the original language they were written in (Spanish). This are sexy, romantic ballads that sound good whether you can interpret Spanish or not.