Tango 250: Enrique Rodríguez

About Enrique Rodríguez

Enrique Rodríguez
Enrique Rodríguez

Rodríguez was born in Buenos Aires in 1901 and died there in 1971. He played bandoneon (including in Donato’s orchestra), forming his own orchestra in 1936. It recorded with Odeón between 1937 and 1971.

His most notable singers were Roberto “Chato” Flores (1937-39) and Armando Moreno (1940-67).

The suggested Tango 250 collection features tango tandas with Flores and Moreno and a vals tanda, also with Moreno.

Rodríguez (Flores) 1938-39

These songs are rhythmically straightforward and upbeat: cheerful, even. They are great if you want to lighten the mood during a milonga, or to get things going near the start of an event, when new arrivals need tempting to the dance floor for the first time.

  • Son cosas del bandoneón (24-Feb-39)
  • Dejame ser así (23-Mar-38)
  • Te quiero ver escopeta (1-Feb-39)
  • Si no me engaña el corazón (18-Dec-39)

Rodríguez (Moreno) 1943

Like so much tango music, the pace has slowed considerably by 1943. Still, the essentials of the Rodríguez style are unchanged: uncomplicated arrangements and relaxed dancing.

You can’t listen to this tanda on digital music service, Spotify, as Rodríguez is poorly represented there. Instead, I have provided individual song links to versions available on YouTube.

Rodríguez (Moreno) 1940-43 (Vals)

The easy-going style of the orchestra carries over into these valses perfectly. The pace is modest, the rhythms are clear and the vocal delivery is straightforward. Moreno is joined by a chorus in Brindis.

You can’t listen to this tanda on digital music service, Spotify, as Rodríguez is poorly represented there. Instead, I have provided individual song links to versions available on YouTube.

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