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Chicano Zen
     

Chicano Zen

by Charanga Cakewalk
 
Back with a relatively rapid follow-up to his debut, Charanga Cakewalk (actually Michael Ramos) takes a different tack. Bringing in a number of different vocalists (Lila Downs, Patty Griffin and Ruben Ramos), he goes for a much more rootsy feel in the music, one that's more about songs than instrumentals this

Overview

Back with a relatively rapid follow-up to his debut, Charanga Cakewalk (actually Michael Ramos) takes a different tack. Bringing in a number of different vocalists (Lila Downs, Patty Griffin and Ruben Ramos), he goes for a much more rootsy feel in the music, one that's more about songs than instrumentals this time around. The contrast between this and the first disc works well. They don't so much complement each other as offer a progression, the feeling that Ramos has fully learned how to integrate the ideas that made his debut so good into a wider canvas. There are touches of many styles, from danceable norteño to son, along with the more abstract touches, like the title track. With Chicano Zen, Ramos fulfills the promise he made on his first album, and looks set to really become a major Latin artist of imagination and technique.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
Label:
Triloka Records
UPC:
0801298207221
catalogNumber:
82072

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Performance Credits

Charanga Cakewalk   Primary Artist
Rubén Ramos   Vocals
Patty Griffin   Vocals
Michael Ramos   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Melodica,Loops,Lap Steel Guitar
Andy York   Acoustic Guitar
Max Baca   Electric Bass,Bajo Sexto
Willie Cruz   Percussion
Quetzal Flores   Jarana,Requinto
Mario Arturo Ramos   Percussion
Lila Downs   Vocals
Luis A. Guerra   Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Ampeg Baby Bass
Brian Standefer   Cello
Martha González   Percussion,Vocals
David Grisson   Acoustic Guitar
Celso Duarte   Guitar,Violin,Harp,Jarana
David Pulkingham   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Mitchell Markus   Executive Producer
Michael Ramos   Producer,Engineer
Martha González   Composer

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