Flaco Jimenez: Squeeze Box King (2003)
Accordionist Flaco Jimenez has for 50 years been one of the greatest exponents of accordion-fueled conjunto music. Following his introduction to the Anglo market by Ry Cooder as a member of Cooder’s Chicken Skin Music band, Señor Jimenez has be requested by everyone from Dwight Yoakam to Bob Dylan to Linda Ronstadt (a Latina of this border heritage) back to Buck Owens. His credentials are well beyond question. On Squeeze Box King Señor Jimenez proves why.
Resisting any temptation to infuse pop music into his recording, Señor Jimenez offers us an unadulterated hearing of the same conjunto accordion music his father, Don Santiago Jimenez was clamed to have started. This is a collection of polkas, boleros, Tex-Mex rancheras and Tex-Mex boleras, all music immediately danceable and wafting with exuberance. The disc begins properly with "En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza" ("There Is No Beer in Heaven"), a song recognizable in any language, whether English, Spanish, Polish, or Czech. Raul Rubio’s vocals are as authentic as tequila, tender when necessary ("Soy Romantico"), rollicking always ("La Tormenta").
Very much a family oriented player, Señor Jimenez is joined by David Jimenez and Arturo Jimenez, unifying the conjunto generation gap. The rest of the band is tight and perform perfectly. Squeeze Box King is a full-service musical experience deserving not to be categorized, but listened to and enjoyed. Music like this transcends all.
Track Listing: En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza; Tan Solo; De Donde Has Sacado; Ojitos Negros; Cuando Te Quiero, Te Vas; Prenda Del Alma; La Rosa Negra; Soy Romantico; Una Viejo Amor; La Tormenta.
Personnel: Flaco Jimenez
Record Label: Compadre Records