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Album Review

The songs on Jimenez's 1988 session for Rounder were mostly rigid, but spirited, emphasizing the polka and mid-tempo beat and sung in Spanish. Jimenez played the two-row button accordion, and his riffs and solos were fluidly expressed and superbly played, while his singing was intense and earnest. Only on "You Are My Sunshine" did Jimenez veer away from strict ethnic traditions to do a fun/throwaway piece. Otherwise, these were topical and/or vintage numbers that celebrated the conjunto sound with vigor and love.


Born: 1944 in Texas

Genre: Regional Mexican

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Born in 1944, Santiago Jimenez Jr. was a singer and accordionist whose father made a significant contribution to the conjunto instrumental style. Conjunto, the accordion-based social music of Mexico and South Texas, was a style rooted in tradition. While his brother Flaco Jimenez mixed its sound with modern influences like jazz and country, Santiago upheld the traditions of his father and concentrated on the basic formula of two-button accordion with guitar and voice accompaniment. He released numerous...
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