Roberto Goyeneche: Buenos Aires Conoce
Buenos Aires Conoce
Roberto Goyeneche (vocals)
Todo Tango (BMG / Milan Music 35667)
Osvaldo Tarantino (piano), Carlos Sanguino (violin), Angel Ridolfi (bass), Adrian Pucci (viola), Fernando Suarez Paz (violin), Carlos Nozzi (cello).
Recorded: Buenos Aires, May 1989
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Roberto Goyeneche's distinctive singing captures perfectly the louche and bohemian ambiance of 1950s-era tango, evoking a lifestyle even more than a musical genre. Then again, it's a bit of a stretch to call this singing . . . Goyeneche's performances linger at the halfway point between vocals and declamation, sounding more like a spirited exhortation to true believers. He cuts off his phrases, rolls his consonants, and never really settles into the melody -- almost the antithesis of the great Carlos Gardel. Goyeneche's nickname was El Polaco (the Pole), due to his blonde hair, but his mood is pure Argentinean, especially on this wistful track with its celebration of the spirit of Buenos Aires.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia