In 1919, José Martínez would leave Canaro’s orchestra to form his own. Canaro himself confessed some time after that, he thought, it would greatly 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...
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!"