Squeeze Play: A World Accordion Anthology

Various Artists

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Squeeze Play: A World Accordion Anthology Review

by Bob Tarte

Archivist Dick Spottswood does his usually excellent job unearthing vintage world music nuggets on this collection of accordion tunes from around the world. Highlights include a couple of klezmer pieces from 1920, two plaintive Romanian tunes from 1927, San Antonio's Trio Huracán on 1938's "Corrido de los Caminoeros" ("Song of the Bus Drivers"), and the legendary conjunto star Santiago Jiménez, Sr. doing the lively polka "La Piedrera." Spottswood also includes tracks that, in effect, downplay the accordion, such as a Polish goralski highlander ensemble recording of "Kumotersko," where accordionist Joe Pat is just audible under violins and string bass, and Joseph Dingaan's "Nonyembezi," a South African piece from 1954 which features a harmonica playing in accordion style. You'll also find rare Acadian French and Scottish sessions on this wonderful collection.

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