Lisandro Meza

El Sabanero Mayor [Kubaney]

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A couple of recent Meza recordings have been disappointingly low-energy ones. On this he's back on form, his endearingly plain-man voice and chunkily elegant accordion a perfect mix, and a particularly good coro, often with the ravishing sharp, plena-like edge that women's voices give such choruses. And of course the mix of rhythms (no cumbia-after-cumbia for Meza) and the sudden brilliantly individual take on vallenato melody, running on a phrase or so past the logical stopping place, or just plain quirky -- in this case "El Santo Cachon" and "La Nube."

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