Y Sus Tremendas Cuatro Espadas

Mingo Saldivar

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Y Sus Tremendas Cuatro Espadas Review

by Ron Wynn

For more than 30 years, accordionist/vocalist Mingo Saldivar has been a consistent presence in conjunto circles. While he does traditional polkas, rancheras and other vintage songs, Saldivar's music packs a potent emotional punch. His tone and delivery have a bluesy, poignant quality that can be discerned even among those who don't speak Spanish. Likewise, the blistering accordion support underneath his singing and the way he spearheads his band transcends language barriers. The group sometimes uses two bajo sextos, plus bass and drums, but it's Saldivar's leads and accordion lines that fuel the group and make this an instructive and entertaining collection.

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