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His First and Last Recordings
     

His First and Last Recordings

by Don Santiago Jimenez Sr.
 
Contrasting early and later recordings by an artist has worked well for Arhoolie with its Norteno series, although the difference in this case is not nearly as drastic as with the Esteban Jordan set. Unlike Jordan, who followed a kind of adventure in modernizing traditional music and bringing in many outside influences, the senior member of the

Overview

Contrasting early and later recordings by an artist has worked well for Arhoolie with its Norteno series, although the difference in this case is not nearly as drastic as with the Esteban Jordan set. Unlike Jordan, who followed a kind of adventure in modernizing traditional music and bringing in many outside influences, the senior member of the Jimenez clan (not counting grandfather Patricio, a turn of the century accordion star) stuck to the traditions pretty much his entire career. The biggest contrast here turns out to be in recording quality, a factor that can sometimes make great differences in how one perceives music. The recordings from the '30s are typical of the kind of revolutionary North Texas fusion music of that day and age, in this case the combination being Mexican ranchera songs and German accordion techniques. Although the accordion cuts through any and all primitive recordings, other instruments in the ensemble such as the wonderful bajo sexto are only present in some of their frequencies. On the modern recordings, one hears every nuance in the playing and the complex rhythms set up by secondary sounds, such as strings slapping against soundboards and picks tapping against the fretboard, that combine to create a sound that is tantalizing. The soulful singing and good-natured feeling to the music makes it a pleasure to listen to no matter how much or little of the Spanish lyrics are understandable to the listener.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297041420
catalogNumber:
414
Rank:
194708

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Santiago Jimenez   Primary Artist,Bass,Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer,Bajo Sexto
Santiago Jimenez   Bass,Accordion,Vocals
Flaco Jiménez   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bajo Sexto,6-string bass
Juan Viesca   Bass,String Bass
Santiago Jiménez   Track Performer
Santiago Morales   Bass,String Bass

Technical Credits

Santiago Jimenez   Contributor
Ben Tavera King   Liner Notes
Flaco Jiménez   Contributor
Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Wayne Pope   Contributor,Artwork
D.A.R.   Composer

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