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Este Es Mi Mariachi
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Mariachi Cobre may force you to rethink your idea of mariachi music. Forget the strolling guitar bands in Mexican restaurants?Este Es Mi Mariachi Cobre will introduce you to one of the most highly developed folk traditions... more »
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Mariachi Cobre may force you to rethink your idea of mariachi music. Forget the strolling guitar bands in Mexican restaurants?Este Es Mi Mariachi Cobre will introduce you to one of the most highly developed folk traditions in the Western Hemisphere. Like the legendary dance bands of Cuba, Mexico's mariachi tradition has roots in the chamber orchestras of Baroque Europe, the indigenous music of the Native Americans, the rhythmic drive of West African music, and the passion of Spanish folk and flamenco music. On this second release by Mariachi Cobre, the group is joined by Linda Ronstadt, who celebrates her own Hispanic heritage in a pair of duets with bandleader, Steve Carrillo, and by producer/arranger Brian Keane, the noted composer and multi?instrumentalist. Much of the album is devoted to traditional mariachi music, but both Carrillo and Keane contribute several deft and contemporary arrangements of older songs; and a well?known piece from the classical guitar tradition, Manuel Ponce's Estrellita, gets a traditional mariachi treatment. The sound of Mariachi Cobre is as tightly?knit as the finest orchestras. With a complement of six to eight violins, two trumpets, and three different members of the guitar family, Mariachi Cobre is close to orchestral size itself! But as strong as the group is instrumentally, it is the voices that take center stage. Those voices sing with fire and tenderness, and even listeners who do not understand a word of Spanish will have little trouble grasping the message of mariachi songs; joyous songs about being in love, tender lullabies to a loved one, remorse at having lost love. And the group varies the textures within each song: solos, duos, and trios will appear. Este Es Mi Mariachi Cobre is a lively, accessible introduction to a type of music that Americans?to their surprise?do not really know. Mariachi Cobre explodes the stereotypes of this music; after all, as the group's album title says, "this is my mariachi."
These musicians are very talented and entertaining.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mariachi Cobre has been my favorite group of musicians from the time I first heard them on a recording. They bring to the listener the genuine sound of MARIACHI. When you listen to them perform you get this feeling that you are in Mexico. You also know for certain that they are having a great time as they perform; almost as though they are trying to make one another have even more fun than the next musician. I can get out of a slump in the middle of the day by playing any of their CD's. Sigan adelante muchachos! Keep moving forward ahead of us guys!"
Best of the Best
Dr. Ron Ribble | San Antonio, TX | 05/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As the son of a professional musician, I have acquired a reasonable taste and appreciation for all kinds of music. When I recently saw Mariachi Cobre on TV I was astounded by the excellence of this group. They combine the very best of instrumentalists, vocalists, and arrangements to produce a sound that is the best of the best in the world of Mariachi Music today. Steve Carillo's classical training and voice quality make him a lead mariachi without peer...I am truly astounded by him and the Cobre's many gifted members. If you haven't heard Mariachi Cobre before, Este Es Mi Mariachi presents them at their finest. And when you listen to Steve sing "Estrellita"...well, just remember, I told he was superb."
Good but not as good as the first.
email@example.com | Houston, Texas | 11/16/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Mariachi Cobre truly is one of the finest mariachi groups in the world, and this record does them justice as such. However, I am a mariachi purist, and I didn't enjoy some of the more "Nortena" sounding songs on this recording, especially where the accordion is involved. I did really enjoy Cobre's renditions of the traditional sons like "La Madrugada" and "Los Copetonas." This CD is a must have, but do not expect as pure a mariachi sound, but do expect the talent of the musicians to compensate for it."