Fresedo and Gardel had known each other for years and recorded together in 1925. Word of the new success of his friend reached Fresedo as he prepared for what would be his final recordings for Nacional Odeon with Ernesto Famá on October 9th, “Piedad” and “Alma en pena”. Buenos Aires was jubilant at the time, Hipólito Irigoyen had been overwhelmingly elected President, and was inaugurated that same week.
On October 16 Fresedo left for Europe on the steamer “Florida”, a two week crossing.
Bandoneon: Osvaldo Fresedo - Alberto Rodriguez - Luis Minervini
Violin: Adolfo Muzzi - Jean Koller
Double Bass: Humberto Costanzo
Piano: José María Rizzuti
Singer: Ernesto Famá
On February 5, 1929, Fresedo and Gardel appeared together at the Bal de Petits Lits Blancs, a huge gala at the Ópera Garnier with dozens of other acts, a very prestigious engagement with the President of France, Gaston Doumergue, in attendance.
Also amongst the performers were Roberto Medrano and Donna Landwehr, better known as the dance couple “Medrano and Donna”. Fresedo knew Medrano since his first trip to New York in 1920.
In the interview with Oscar Zucchi Fresedo complained about being asked by a certain “Baron [Edouard?] de Rotschild" to play in a private reception behind the curtains, something that outraged Fresedo who demanded visibility. We can’t find references about this event on French newspapers of the time.
In general, the names of the musicians traveling with Fresedo are educated guesses, as there is no hard evidence of who was where and when, with the exception of the trip from Paris to New York. We presume Fresedo travelled with the people he had been recording with all year long in 1928. But specially after the desertion incident, the loose ends are evident. For example, Vaccaro travelled to Paris in April, but in September Fresedo was in New York with a different pianist (we confirmed that Rizzutti and Muzzi returned in May on the Alsina). As a matter of fact, a change or two were still in store before the troupe arrived in New York in late September.
Finally, the writer Henry Bernstein was reportedly a huge fan of Tango, always in the front row of the milongas and shows in Paris at the time. Sadly, we can’t find any of his writings about this: it would have been nice, Henry!
1. Anita Turón has an excellent blog that tells in great detail what the nights of Gardel in Paris were like
2. Jazz Age Club is an excellent source on material about the famous Jazz Clubs of the roaring 20s
3. A wonderful semblance of Noble Sissle, of the Ambassadeurs Orchestra