Gutierrez, Jose and Los Hermaa / La Bamba: Sones Jarochos Fromz
Album: La Bamba: Sones Jarochos Fromz   Collection:World
Artist:Gutierrez, Jose and Los Hermaa   Added:Jun 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-11-17 Pull Date: 2004-01-19 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jan 18 Jan 11 Nov 30 Nov 23
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Recent Airplay
1. Jul 01, 2004: Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces
4. Nov 24, 2003: told ya so!
2. Jan 13, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
La Bamba
5. Nov 17, 2003: Fly By Night
La Bamba
3. Jan 05, 2004: Fly By Night

Album Review
Mandy Khoshnevisan
Reviewed 2003-11-17
Traditional Mexican folk music. Harps (that’s the jarocho), acoustic guitar, and other traditional Mexican string instruments. Light, sunny, strummy, percussive, intricate plucky harp melodies. All songs have vocals, with solo then harmony, a la mariachi. The songs themselves are pretty simple and repetitive, with the variation being in the fast harp solos. Smithsonian, so the liner notes are great. Lyrics can be found online. Since the songs are so similar, don’t put this on continuous play or you’ll go crazy, but it’s pretty and fun and all tracks are good.

*1. (3:09) La Bamba, the original. Uptempo and busy.
2. (3:52) a call and response; also uptempo; has a (harp?) solo with yelled encouragements.
3. (3:23) sounds more like a dance, slightly slower with stronger beat. More improv soloing.
*4. (2:58) a dancing minor key tune; incessant pleading song for a woman
5. (3:16) The Crazy Dance; slower with a stronger beat; more guitar in beginning.
*6. (2:15) light rolling, dancing harp, exuberant
7. (3:27) fast high minor key harp melody
8. * (2:33) slightly slower dance feel, with interesting syncopations, crazy harp; more variation within this song than in others.
9. (4:01) flamenco-esque multiple harp strumming; a dance tune; some ultralow guitar action
10. (3:24) another dance tune, with fun changing rhythms, waterfall harps
*11. (2:45) more of a rolling waltzy stroll, minor key with frantic harp—silent film suspense? (called La Bruja, the witch)
*12. (4:10) really fast lyrics, emphatic 4-beat, showoffy dance.
13. (2:49) a modern composition. Very disciplined and structured, but in the same style as the rest.
14. (3:01) slow coy intro, then solid mid-uptempo with lots of arpeggios
*15. (1:59) minor key, kind of sassy, quick back-and-forth
16. (3:41) fast, flowing melodies, harp versus low guitar
*17. (3:22) everybody’s strumming! Busy, with a pretty harmonized chorus.
18. (4:11) light, playful, unexpected rhythms in the harp solos.
19. (3:01) shimmery minor key—determined plaintive ballad to Cupid, suffering in love.
20. (4:02) another sunny dance. Apparently a classic in the repertoire.
21. (2:24) quite similar to the previous—fast and sunny.

--reviewed by mandy (la chanteuse)

Track Listing
1. La Bamba   11. La Bruja
2. Siquisiri   12. El Ahualulco
3. Colas   13. Tilingo Lingo
4. La Morena   14. Canelo
5. El Jarabe Loco   15. El Coco
6. El Gavilancito   16. El Pajaro Cu
7. El Cascabel   17. Balaju
8. Huapanguerito   18. Butaquito
9. La Guacamaya   19. Cupido
10. El Zapateado   20. Maria Cuchena
  21. Pajaro Carpintero