El Chivo: Traditional Mariachi Volume III (2004)

El Chivo is the third volume of rarely heard and exciting sones abajeños, canciones rancheras, corridos and marchas of the traditional mariachi. The album brings to life the improvisatory spirit of the rural tradition. The instrumentation is simple: two violins, vihuela, guitarron and vocal duet, male and female, and zapateado, percussive dancing. Los Cenzontles and Maestro Julian Gonzales once again bring to life a forgotten tradition.

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“In an age when cultural purists sometimes criticize mariachis for their increasing drift toward commercialized, nontraditional styles (rock and other American music, for example), Los Cenzontles takes us back to bedrock mariachi—the kind that specializes in the traditional son jalisciense. Unique in its unvarnished folk style, Los Cenzontles with Julian González should satisfy the most demanding of purists, offering the listener a taste of the mariachi as it sounded in the era before commercialization.”
Alliance for California Traditional Arts