Los Pingüinos del Norte

Pinguinos Del Norte/Trio San Antonio

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The Pinguinos come from just south of the border, Fred Zimmerle's Trio San Antonio from just north of it. It would be fun, and not entirely phony, to contrast the simplicity of the one with the zip of the other, but the fact is that all the various sounds of the Tex-Mex continuum can be heard on both sides of the Valley. The San Antonio guys outplay Los Pinguinos, but then they outplayed practically everybody in their time. It's a welcome CD reissue of two classics from Chris Strachwitz, the man who introduced the rest of the world to norteno music.