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“Punto y coma” by Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica, 1948.

"Punto y coma", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

José Martínez

Pianist and composer (January 28, 1890 – July 27, 1939)

In 1919, José Martínez would leave Canaro‘s orchestra to form his own. Canaro himself confessed some time after that he thought it would significantly weaken his orchestra:

“Bandoneonists were scarce, and I turned to Minotto Di Cicco, who worked in Montevideo. And since he had nothing to envy Fresedo, he prevailed shortly after…

The problem came when José Martínez decided to form his orchestra to premiere with it at the cabIn 1919, Jose Martinez left Canaro’s orchestra to form his own. Canaro himself admitted later that he believed this would significantly weaken his orchestra. Bandoneon players were scarce, so he turned to Minotto Di Cicco, who worked in Montevideo. And since Di Cicco had nothing to envy about Fresedo, he quickly gained popularity. However, a problem arose when Martinez decided to form his orchestra and debut it at the cabaret L’Abbaye on Esmeralda Street, which was a loss for Canaro’s orchestra. Canaro replaced Martinez with Luis Riccardi, a pianist with exceptional technique. This, however, led to complaints from Royal’s clientele.

I supplanted him with Luis Riccardi, a pianist with a good technique… and I had to put up with the complaints from Royal’s clientele.”

They noticed the change and missed the typical Martínez beat. It took me a lot to convince the clientele of the cabaret!”

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