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Very Best of Lila Downs
     

The Very Best of Lila Downs

by Lila Downs
 
Having spent her younger years bouncing around between Mexico and Minnesota -- her mother was a Mixtec Indian who sang cabaret and her father an American professor -- Lila Downs naturally developed a performing style that drew from both cultures, and then took it further. Not easily pinned down, she studied and absorbed Mexico's indigenous folk music but also spent

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Having spent her younger years bouncing around between Mexico and Minnesota -- her mother was a Mixtec Indian who sang cabaret and her father an American professor -- Lila Downs naturally developed a performing style that drew from both cultures, and then took it further. Not easily pinned down, she studied and absorbed Mexico's indigenous folk music but also spent time as an itinerant Deadhead in the States. She also studied opera and married a jazz pianist, all of which allowed her to expand her sound -- a Lila Downs album might incorporate reggae, soul, rock, and jazz as well as acoustic Mexican folk, all of it seamlessly fused into something completely her own. All of Downs' albums have been worthwhile, but for someone not familiar with them, or just looking for a tidy summation, this compilation is the place to start. The 18 tracks are drawn from Downs' previous releases spanning 1999's La Sandunga through 2006's La Cantina, and the non-chronological sequencing makes it a cohesive listening experience that samples the best of what this powerful vocalist has released thus far.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
EMI INTERNATIONAL
UPC:
5099996493229
catalogNumber:
64932

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lila Downs   Primary Artist
Yayo   Bateria
Rob Curto   Accordion
Samuel Torres   Percussion
Booker King   Bajo Sexto
Celso Duarte   Violin,Jarana,Arpa
Paul Cohen   Clarinet,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Alvaro Carrillo   Composer
José Alfredo Jiménez   Composer
Osvaldo Farrés   Composer
Michael Ramos   Arranger
Ernesto "El Canella" Anaya   Arranger
Aneiro Taño   Arranger
Tony Taño   Arranger
Tomas Mendez   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lila Downs   Arranger,Composer,English Translations
Celso Duarte   Arranger
Pepe Cielo   Producer
Paul Cohen   Arranger,Composer
Sergi Almiñana   Executive Producer
Rudy Kernspeck   Producer
José Antonio Belchí   Producer
Juan DeDios Cruz   translation
Lorena Pérez DelPostigo   Producer
Nacho Jiménez   Producer
Gabriel Moedano Navarro   Contributor
Salvador Soto   Producer

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