Tango Legends   At the Edge of Night   I am a Tango
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Barnes & Noble - November 9, 2006
VAYO GOES BACK TO TRADITIONAL TANGO MUSIC AS IT WAS SUNG IN THE EARLY DAYS
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 our 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 River Plate which divides Argentina and Uruguay. Featured is the late Toto Damario, one of the top bandoneonists of the past fifty years, as well as acoustic guitarist Mario Nuez 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). These are sexy, romantic ballads that sound good whether you can interpret Spanish or not.
Allmusic - Fall 2006 - by William Ruhlman
Uruguayan tango singer Vayo Raimondo, performing simply as Vayo, dedicates his third album to the memory of the bandonen master Toto Damario, one of three musicians, along with guitarist Mario Nuñez and double bassist Miguel Pose, who accompany him on the disc… 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 nineteen 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. Tango Legends is an excellent expression of tango music.
Amazon.com - November 9, 2006 - Profile for Sandi Porter
VAYO BRINGS TOGETHER LEGENDARY SOUTH AMERICAN TANGO MUSICIANS ON HIS 3RD CD
Vayo follows the tango tradition in which the music is played for listening as well as for dancing. Vayo makes tangos intimate, personal, poetic, and dramatic.
Entertainment Magazine Online - October 2006 -
Vayo, an American originally from Uruguay, sings hauntingly-beautiful tangos on his new album TANGO LEGENDS. Vayo sings this music in the traditional way with acoustic instruments backing his vocals. Hear what classic tango music sounds like.
The Borderland - October 20, 2006 - Musicwatch
On Vayo Raimondo's new album you have the real deal, direct from Uruguay and Argentina. And here it only takes three musicians and Vayo's voice to capture that soul and reveal the emotion at the heart of the music. Supported by Toto Damario on bandoneon, Mario Nuez on guitar, and Miguel Pose on double bass, Vayo's voice strips away the artifice and gives you the real soul music of South America. It is very different from the ballroom version, and despite a lack of English translation of the lyrics in the booklet, you are aware of love, loss, despair, just from the voice. This is a very striking album of songs, dramatic and intimate. If you have ever wondered what tango music really was like you need to buy this.
KZSU Zookeeper Online - November 6, 2006
TANGO These (mostly) vocal renditions of classic tango melodies are "over the top", but in a good way. Tango has to be over the top: it's all about total exposure hold anything back, and the music is diminished. Vayo seizes these songs with both hands and squeezes the emotions from them, making them as fresh and vibrant as they must have sounded 60 years ago.
Entertainment News - November 2006
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Spirit Works Reviews - October 2006 - Dr. Sandra Gaskin
Vayo brings us this music from Uruguay with its traditional Tango musicians. His vocals are soulful and moving. The instrumentation is striking and dramatic. The Tango is an art form, be it through dance or musical instrument. And I invite you to allow that art to take you to new places, as you listen to this worthy CD.
Midwest Record Recap - October 2006
A smart vocalist, backed only by the original tango trio format and singing in Spanish, delivers some raw, real stuff that reminds you what tango is all about. With bandoneon featured prominently in the instrumentation, this is a highly urbane date that can double as parlor music or a party starter. Well played and solidly executed, this is a left of center treat that hits the bull's-eye and is sure to give you an enjoyable, different time.
All About Jazz - October 2006
SINGER VAYO BRINGS TOGETHER LEGENDARY SOUTH AMERICAN TANGO MUSICIANS ON NEW CD
Music Industry News Network - November 2006
VAYO SINGS CLASSIC SOUTH AMERICAN TANGOS IN THE OLD STYLE ON TANGO LEGENDS
Ragged Blade - November 2006
Vayo Raimondo hails from Uruguay, and recorded his latest CD in that country's capital Montevideo. The traditional tango style on this CD has a very intimate "outdoor café" feel to it.
Tango Legends, named for Raimondo's teacher and mentor, "tango legend" Toto Damario, is a throwbackto the dance's early days. Raimondo sings in Spanish, accompanied by a bandoneon, guitar, and bass, performed by some of Uruguay's most famous tango musicians. He picks tunes from Tango's "Golden Age" of the 30's and 40's.
I think he's made good on his quote. This CD has a very strong live "You are there" feel to it… Raimondo has an easy manner about his vocals, he glides his way through a song and invites you to pay closer attention.
La Vida Tango - December 16, 2006 - B. Clifford
I recently had the pleasure of hearing a new tango cd "Tango Legends", comprised of classic classy tangos. Vayo Raimondo's sensual voice with the compliment of a beautiful bandoneon interpretation transported me to a tango wonderland.