2015 Honorable Mention Pick 17

Chico Trujillo: Reina De Todas Las Fiestas (Barbes, 2015)

A hot and sweet mash of various Latin musical influences by the new cumbia band out of Chile.  A little salsa, a little Brazilian music, even ska and reggae.

The combination of swinging brass lines and the hand drumming in the first four tunes is caliente, caliente, client.  Other instrumentation includes accordion, various stringed instruments, and a thick pulsing bass.

After those 4 songs the temperature drops a little bit — still above average but not as 5 star as the opening half.

Check these guys out, I’ve clipped the first two tracks below.




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