Conjunto Trio San Antonio

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This label's exemplary coverage of the norteño music scene notched up yet another level with the release of this fine album. The group or conjunto features the multi-instrumental talents of Fred Zimmerle, who merged the accordion styles of Narcisco Martinez and Santiago Jimeniz to create a personal approach to the instrument, then blended that with the traditional vocal duet style to come up with an innovative combo that is considered the beginning of the norteño sound in San Antonio. With all family and cross-generational ties included, the band's story is the saga of dedicated musicians keeping traditions alive through endless performances in cantinas, social clubs, and dancehalls, and a variety of recordings on small regional labels. This is definitely music that has done its time in the oven. It has the flavor of a good carne asada and listeners should be able to dig right in.

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