Raul Jaurena, ‘master of the tango’, has put out one of our favorite albums this week: Fuerza Milonguera [Soundbrush Records]. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, and current resident of New York, Jaurena makes the traditional sounds of the tango he was brought up with — he’s played since age eight — sound their most haunting, bewitching and memorable, adding elements of influence Astor Piazzolla’s ‘tango nuevo’ to create a lively and modern take on the music of the bandoneon. Getting his practice in various tango ensembles throughout 1960’s/’70’s Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela, Jaurena has gone on to compose for the Irene Hultman Dance Company in New York and to be nominated for, and win, Grammys in both the United States and South America. His latest release is a lively and heartfelt combined effort of the talented bandoneones, Juarena, Miguel Trillo, Jose Lagreca and Nario Recoba, with piano, violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar flourishes added throughout. Listen to two tracks from Fuerza Milonguera, above.