Los Pekadorez

De Sangre Mexicana

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With absolutely no information provided, the listener will have to guess at many of the details surrounding this excellent recording by a Mexican conjunto. The group is a quartet, with this detail gleaned from the cover photograph. Clearly audible are electric guitar, vocals, and percussion that seems to include both real drums and electronic ones. The keyboard sound brings to mind accordion because of the fingering patterns and phrasing, but the range of different sounds the player uses sometimes sound more like some kind of electronic keyboard, although it is possible that these sounds are made through accordion settings or an effects rack. At any rate, whoever is playing whatever deserves some kind of medal for his/her great fills -- completely in the style of what an accordion player is expected to do in this music, but with more audacity than normal. Some of the low, rumbling chords he/she reaches for are the musical equivalent of a big dollop of hot black beans being dumped on a plate. Another of this player's inspired moments comes near the end of the song, when he/she briefly switches from a previously outlandish tone setting to a completely straight accordion sound, winding up with a couple of licks that seem to come right out of the rootsy Don Santiago Jimeniz bag. The group performs a pleasing variety of material, not only of the familiar NorteƱo or Mexican variety but also reaching over into doo wop and Cumbia. With the keyboard going over the top into garage/Farfisa organ-type territory and the guitarist providing nifty wah-wah soloing, some of the material brings to mind Augie Meyers or the Sir Douglas Quintet. The vocal sound is appealing and the musical interaction is a perfect blend of tight and adventurously sloppy.

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