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NEWSLETTER #146
Ethnic & World Music
Guido Deiro ->
Various Artists
 

 

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN GUIDO DEIRO Archeophone 5012 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 $14.98
25 tracks recorded in 1911 by Count Guido Pietro Deiro, the firs star of the piano-accordion. Deiro was born in Italy in 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1907 and became a vaudeville headliner in 1910 and for 20 years was the premier piano-accordionist in America. DEiro plays a diverse repertoire including light classical and operatic works, popular music of the day and ethnic tunes like mazurkas, polkas, tangos, marcjes and waltzes performed in an Italian style. Remastering from these almost 100 year old acoustic 78s is astonishing and set comes with a 24 oage extensively annotated booklet.

 
NORTENO LOS DONNENOS Arhoolie 9057 Grabaciones Originales, 1950-1954 $9.98
15 tracks, 44 min., recommended
Los Donnenos, consisting of Ramiro Cavazos (lead vocal, guitar, bajo sexto) and Mario Montes (2nd voice, accordion), with Rafael Gaspar on string bass, recorded for Columbia/CBS in Mexico for 16 years, starting in 1954. They became important developers and purveyors of what would later be termed Norteno music, but what was then derisively called cantina music or rural music. But before their lengthy stint at Columbia, they recorded for Falcon Records of McAllen, Texas, between 1950-54. These initial recordings by Los Donnenos have been rescued from their 78 rpm souces by Arhoolie's Chris Strachwitz. The songs (no English lyrics this time) apparently consist largely of rancheras and corridos that chronicle the stories of locals (e.g., The Ballad Of Baldomero del Fierro, The Tragedy Of Pancho Garibay, The Ballad Of Jose Martinez) unfamiliar to those outside their immediate area. None of which does anything to lessen the enjoyment of listening to this important music. (JC)

 
MEXICO GRUPO MONO BLANCO Arhoolie 530 Soneros Jarochos $12.98
9 tracks, 53 min., highly recommended
The son Jarocho, an improvisational form from Southern Veracruz, Mexico, that assimilates influences from Africa, Cuba, Spain, and elsewhere, became commercialized La Bamba to the point where the improvisational element was all but destroyed. Grupo Mono Blanco championed the son Jarocho revival, nurturing it to its present day popularity. These live recordings, five by Chris Strachwitz cut in 1989 in El Cerrito, California, and four taped in 1990 in Veracruz, Mexico, are an absolute delight, featuring, as they do, the sparkling harp work of Andes Alfonso Vergara. English translations of four songs are given in the liner notes, along with a short but welcome primer of the history of the musical form. (JC)

 
CAJUN PINE LEAF BOYS Arhoolie 533 Blues De Musicien $12.98
14 tracks, 51 min., highly recommended
On the cover of their first CD, the boys were literally out standing in their field, or someone's field. And for their difficult second album, the cover shows the fellows out standing in the woods, looking as if they would rather be playing than posing. And that is the essence of the Pine Leaf Boys. They play and interpret traditional Cajun music (not pop with Cajun trappings) with an admiration that bleeds through. Their originals need no apologies standing along side tunes by Nathan Abshire, Belton Richard, Canray Fontanot, Ulysse Poirrier, and others. Fiddler Cedric Watson and accordionist Wilson Savoy are on their way to becoming national treasures. Years from now you'll tell everyone you were listening to these guys back when cars still used gasoline. Nice to find a talented young band that cares more about music that about designing a logo that would look good on T-shirts. (JC)

 
TUVA VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 09 Melodii Tuvi: Throat Songs And Folk Tunes From Tuva $14.98
Recordings made in 1969 of Tuvan throat songs and folk music on CD for the first time.

 
MISCELLANEOUS VARIOUS ARTISTS Dust-To-Digital 10 Black Mirror - Reflections In Global Music $14.98
A 24 track collection of vintage recordings from all over the world recorded between 1918 and 1955 - many appearing on CD for the first time. Includes music from Turkey, Burma, Spain, Sweden, Northumbia, Portugal, Laos, Vietnam, Cameroun, Bali, India, Ireland and more.
NERIMAN ALTINDAG: Soyledi Yok Yok (Turkey)/ GONG BELALOEWANA BALI: Kebyar Ding, I (Bali)/ BURMESE MUSICIANS: Yein Pwe (Burma)/ CYGANSKA ORCHESTRA STEFANA: Cyganske Vesilia, Part 4 (Lemkos)/ NIŮO DE PRIEGO: Envidia Yo No Tengo Nadie (Spain)/ NJI R. HADJI DJOEAEHN: Tjimploengan (Indonesia)/ CHRISTER FALKENSTROM: Baklandets Vackra Maja (Sweden)/ EDWIN FISCHER: Handelís Chaconne, Teil I (Switzerland / Germany)/ PIPE MAJOR FORSYTH: Mallorca (Northumbria)/ HUTZL UKRAINIAN ENSEMBLE: Welsisni Melodyi (Ukraine)/ PROF. LUCAS JUNOT: Fado De Passarinhos (Portugal)/ NAIM KARAKAND: Kamanagah (Syria)/ SATHOUKHRU LUKKHAMKEOW: Nakhone Prayer (Laos)/ LATA MANGESHKAR: Aayega Aanewaala (India)/ M. NGUYEN VAN MINH-CON: Nam Nhi-tu (Vietnam)/ MARIKA PAPAGIKA: Smyrneiko Minore (Greece)/ PAUL PENDJA ENSEMBLE: Ngo Mebou Melane (Cameroun)/ PETAR PERUNOVIC-PERUN: Narodne Saljive Pjesme (Serbia)/ REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEMOCRATIC YOUTH: Djanger (Bali)/ SINKOU SON & KOURAN KIN: Songs in Grief (Japan)/ THIRUVAZHIMILALAI SUBRAMANIAN BROS. & NEEDAMANGALAM MEENAK: Manasa Sri Ramachandra (India)/ THEWAPRASIT ENSEMBLE: Phleeng Khuk Phaat, Part 2 (Thailand)/ PATRICK J. TOUHEY: Drowsy Maggie (Ireland)/ ZHEHONGYI WITH NENDI ZHAOGUAN: Motherís Uproar (China)

 
CUBA VARIOUS ARTISTS KBOX 3472 Early Hot Dance Music From Cuba, Vol. 2 $15.98
Second budget three CD set featuring 69 tracks of vintage recordings of Cuban music includes sides by Oscar Calle's Cuba Band, Armando Orefiche and His Havana Cuban Boys, Don Barreto Et Son Orchestre Cubain, Lecuona Cuban Boys, Xavier Cugat & His Orchester, Antobal's Cubans, , TRio Antillano and more.

 
REGGAE VARIOUS ARTISTS Trojan 80579 Trojan Country Reggae Box Set $25.98
Three CD set with 50 tracks ranging from the 60s through the 80s from this seminal reggae label showing how effectively reggae artiusts could perform American country hits including The Skatalites instrumental version of Ring Of Fire (which they retitled Occupation), Hazel Wright with Please Help Me I'm Falling, Hortense Ellis with My last date, Rapahel Stewart & The Hot Tops doing Jim Reves's He'll Have To Go and much more.

 

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