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Cajun Hot Sauce

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Cajun Hot Sauce is a nice compilation of Cajun dance music, covering to some degree the full spectrum of styles to come through the genre over time. Some of the old hands are present, including the likes of Joseph Falcon, as are the newer breed of players, such as Beausoleil. Splitting the difference are inclusions from semi-traditionalists such as the Savoy-Doucet collective, and those that have just been playing nonstop since the old days, such as the Hackberry Ramblers. While there's some emphasis in the liner notes placed upon the forward-looking directions taken by the players here, there are more than enough nods to the old ways to put that idea in question. There's even a reworking of an old Amédé Ardoin number hidden away here. Admittedly, some of the tunes do have notes of fusion with Mexican concepts, or ties to country music (including "Grand Texas," which is rumored to have been stolen by Hank Williams), but the sound remains somewhat primitive throughout, with the violins properly scratchy, and the accordions properly offkey from time to time. It's worth a listen for fans of the old Cajun sound, but fans of the newer end might do better with a different compilation (perhaps even one that includes some more distinct zydeco within).

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