mixing singers in one tanda

This is a personal note on mixing singers. Generally, this is not advisable and should be avoided to the extent practicably possible. When it comes to each Orquesta, though, as a matter of personal preference (I confine the discussion to music of golden era and I have assumed, for the present purpose, that we are talking about music of similar speed/period for otherwise it would be objectionable per se whether singers are mixed or not): –

  • D’Arienzo: it is NOT acceptable to mix Echagüe and Maure in one tanda. Indeed, in an ideal world Maure should not be mixed with anyone. Sometimes Echagüe can go with other singers, including Laborde, depending on track/year.
  • Di Sarli: in principle should NOT mix Rufino, Podestá and Durán with each other. In certain cases though, same year Rufino and Podestá can go together (but – apologies for the cliché – in an ideal world this should not happen).
  • Troilo: IT IS ENTIRELY UNACCEPTABLE TO HAVE ANY MIXED-SINGERS TANDA FOR TROILO. Yes, I am being very personal here.
  • Pugliese: personally, no objection to mixing certain Chanel and Moran, depending on individual tracks obviously (Jorge Vidal is rather unique though). In principle, I see no reason against mixing 50s singers either.
  • Tanturi: do NOT mix singers. Don’t, don’t mix Castillo and Campos, por favor.
  • Calo: do NOT mix Beron with others (not that I like him – just his voice is very different). I am open to mixing other singers with each other, e.g. within Iriarte, Podestá, Ortiz and Arrieta.
  • D’Agostino: should always go with Vargas, no?
  • Laurenz: no objection in principle, but watch out the speed and mood of tracks.
  • Demare: for the same reason above, try NOT to mix Beron with others. Otherwise, no objection in principle.
  • Biagi/Rodriguez/De Angelis: no problem.
  • Donato/Lomuto/OTV: no problem.
  • Fresedo: I prefer not mixing Ray and Ruiz but I can see it’s a common practice in many places and I don’t feel very strongly about it anyway.
  • Canaro: obviously, do NOT mix Maida with others. The Canaro sound with Maida is quite different. Among other singers, mixing is fine.
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  1. This is a personal note on mixing singers. Generally, this is not advisable and should be avoided to the extent practicably possible.

    I guess Edgardo Donato didn’t get the memo 🙂

    IT IS ENTIRELY UNACCEPTABLE TO HAVE ANY MIXED-SINGERS TANDA FOR TROILO.

    Ouch! So no Pájaro ciego 😦

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