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Santiago Jimenez, Jr.'s trademarks are the two-row button accordion and passionate, fiery singing in the classic conjunto mode. This session featured 14 tracks, with Jimenez doing polkas, rancheros and boleros, but no pop or rock covers. The short numbers (none longer than four and a half minutes) were structured to give Jimenez's vocals and accordion bursts maximum space, while the backing players filled in tightly underneath him. This was contemporary conjunto with an authentic and vintage sensibility, performed by one of the idiom's major stars.


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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