When Latin music lovers think of tango, the first country that comes to mind is Argentina. Buenos Aires, Argentina's largest city, is widely regarded as the tango capital of the world; that was true during tango's pre-Astor Piazzolla era, and it was true after the revolutionary, innovative Piazzolla (who is arguably to tango what alto saxophonist Charlie Parker is to jazz) pointed tango in a darker, more jazz-influenced direction. But veteran tango singer Vayo Raimondo isn't from Argentina; he is a native of Montevideo, Uruguay, and his recordings are not a carbon copy of Argentinean tango. Like the tango one associates with Argentina, Raimondo's work is smooth, polished, sophisticated, refined, elegant, and urbane -- in other words, he lives up to all of the adjectives that describe Piazzolla and the Argentinean tangueros who were popular before him (such as Carlos Gardel, AnÝbal Troilo, Carlos Di Sarli, and Hugo del Carril). And like his Argentinean counterparts, Raimondo uses the bandoneon (the accordion-like instrument that Piazzolla played) on his albums and has a strong appreciation of European classical music.