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El Primero Conjunto Norteño Famoso 1946-1949

Maya y Cantu

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This collection of '40s recordings is one of the essential items of historic norteño music, and not just because that style is misprinted as "nortneo" in huge typeface on the back page of the CD booklet. Jesus Maya and Timoteo Cantu, at least for a run of a few years before they got too "boracho" and started squabbling with each other, achieved one of the great duet blends both of vocals and instruments. In the former department the songs here may appeal mostly to those who like to hear Spanish singing, but when it comes to the sound of the bajo sexto and accordion the appeal could very well be universal. This is the kind of instrumental combination which could be the "desert island" choice of a castaway given an opportunity to have one type of combo keep them company while stranded. The bajo sexto is like a more stable 12-string guitar, deeper and capable of a resonant low end that gets a dollop of guacamole slapped on it each time the unidentified bassist keeps his timing together, which is most of the time. Cantu was a player who really helped establish the possibilities of the accordion in Mexican music, effortlessly filling in required roles as a timekeeper and the baker of improvised melodic filigree to go on top, as fluffy and crumbly as Mexican pastry. Listeners who think this is a genre of music played by staggering drunks in cantinas should check out the tempo of a corrido such as "Mira Luisa." Ay, caramba — it moves like a pony doing sprints around a pasture. A superb remastering job has been done on these recordings, which originated as vintage radio broadcast transcriptions.

Biografie

Genre: Mexiko

Jahre aktiv: '40s

Maya y Cantu — Jesus Maya (on bajo sexto and vocals) and Timoteo Cantu (on accordion and vocals) — were probably the first popular duet to play Norteno music along the Texas-Mexico border. They frequently played on Mexican radio station XEDF in the late '40s, where they also recorded discs that were issued on the Texas-based Ideal label. These recordings, now preserved on a compilation of 1946-49 tracks on Arhoolie, were canciones and corridos that emphasized their vocal harmonies, played...
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El Primero Conjunto Norteño Famoso 1946-1949, Maya y Cantu
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Mexiko, Musik, Latin
  • Erschienen: 23.03.1999

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