Santiago Jimenez Jr. El Gato Negro
- Released: November 1, 1990
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Rounder Select
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Personnel: Santiago Jimenez, Jr. (accordion and vocals), Cookie Martinez (drums), Robert Ramos (bass), Jesse Castillo (bajo sexto).
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. ~ Ron Wynn
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