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Americano
Composer: The Krayolas
Conductor: The Krayolas
Label: Box Records
Release Date: 2010-03-10
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

At first listen, the new Krayolas album, produced by Joe Treviño, sounds like any other Krayolas album: The rockin’ conjunto element, the festive tracks like the single “Frutería,” the humor … it’s all there. But as you get into it, you discover the band’s riskiest, most unpredictable album yet, with the West Side Horns firmly entrenched as a full-fledged part of the band. Guests Max Baca’s bajo sexto and Flaco Jiménez’s accordion play off each other, bringing the key track, “Wall of Accordion,” to a chilling crescendo that explodes into a feedback fest, courtesy of another guest, the great accordionist Alex Meixner. Also appearing: Augie Meyers on organ and Michael Guerra on accordion. I’ll stop short of comparing it to the strings on a “A Day in the Life,” but if Héctor Saldaña was crazy (and smart) enough to include it on the album, I’ll go ahead and write that “Wall of Accordion” is what Hendrix and Spector would’ve sounded like if they had been born on Zarzamora. There. I said it. I wouldn’t be surprised if some die-hard fans get a little disoriented at times with Americano, but kudos to the Krayolas for trying to go a little beyond what’s expected. Catch them live, 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the Los Valles Frutería & Restaurant (3915 Nogalitos) for a short set and a fruit cup giveaway. — Enrique Lopetegui

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