Juan Reynoso

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Among the sundry distortions of the U.S. world music market is the one whereby the only Mexican music available is norteno or the various sones of Vera Cruz. Here's rectification. Reynoso is a superlative fiddler from the isolated Tierra Caliente, the Hot Land, 100-plus miles west-south-west of Mexico City. This is fiddle-led music, but unlike the sones huastecos for example, it features a largely European-based (though much hotter) drumming style and guitar work with a very strong southern-Spanish flavor. Yet the whole thing is not only entirely Mexican but very strongly regional -- a classic example of the fact that it ain't the chicken but the spices that give the dish its character. A pick hit if ever there was one, on both playing and background.

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