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Many Sounds of Steve Jordan
Genres: Country, Blues, World Music, Latin Music
Esteban "Steve" Jordan is often referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion" for his use of multiple electronic effects, but his imagination comes out even more clearly in his choice of notes and his wild, weird arra... more »
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Esteban "Steve" Jordan is often referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion" for his use of multiple electronic effects, but his imagination comes out even more clearly in his choice of notes and his wild, weird arrangements and vocals. This set mixes his raw early recordings of the 1960s with a wonderful LP from the 1980s. The early tracks already show a unique mind at work, with spikily funky runs punctuating the largely traditional vocals of Jordan and his then-wife Virginia Martinez. The second half is odder, mixing traditional polkas with jazz-blues, cumbia, a Buck Owens cover, and the "Corrido de Jhonny el Pachuco," a hip, Chicano slang rewrite of a classic badman ballad. Both show a man who, without ever achieving stardom, remains probably the most innovative musician on the contemporary conjunto scene. --Elijah Wald
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Richard H. Atkinson | Santa Fe, NM United States | 07/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finding anything by this wacked Tejano/Arizonedout/Californi-an is a wonderment, so thanks to Arhoolie for assembling this collection and to Amazon for making it available somewhere other than that wild-and-wooley Mexican, er, apparel store in Roswell, New Mexico where I go for all my Steve Jordan tapes when my nerve is up. Like the person says above, half of this is unreleased, pretty common ranchero music done early on with wife number one. But even here there's that special sauce that separates Esteban from all the other box-squeezers from Buckwheat to Flaco. On the remaining cuts, the mature Jordan is fully in charge of the family band and, while diverse as scatter shot from a sawed-off, the music is ALL his own. For range, check out his "Midnight Sun" hallucination. Guy's a genius. If everything else you've got bores you, grab onto this and let it ride the REPEAT button a time or three. You'll be hooked. (If you already are, you know you're gonna buy this one NOW anyway, right?)"
Richard H. Atkinson | 06/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD has some of the best early tracks I have come across. Some of the best accordian licks of all time can be found on #12 "Estrellita del norte"."