Grupo Mono Blanco's "Soneros Jarochos" is son Jarocho is at its best ‚ authentic musicians conversing in their vernacular language, exchanging musical ideas, rhythms and verses, with hearty rural drive and excellent musical taste. These four musicians, who represent different generations and deep family ties to the son, are unified by their passion for playing music for the sake of the music. This recording represents the gold standard for those interested to know the son Jarocho. In the late 1970's Grupo Mono Blanco was formed by a young Gilberto Gutierrez to revive the old style of playing. They began as a group but quickly developed into the musical core of a cultural movement that worked to revive the fandango by setting up workshops, and training a new generation of musicians.
These recordings, made from 1989-1990 in El Cerrito, California, were made around the time of their landmark first tour to Northern California.
Andres Alfonso Vergara: harp & voice; Andres Vega Delfin: guitarra de son & voice; Gilberto Gutierrez Silva: jarana tercera, pandero, zapateado & voice; Patricio Hidalgo Belli: jarana segunda & voice; Willie Ludwig: quijada.
1.El Buscapies (The Firecracker)
2.El Colas (Nicholas)
3.El Cascabel (The Rattle)
4.El Balaju (The Ballyhoo) (harp solo)
5.El Palomo Y La Paloma (The Male & Female Dove)
6.La Morena (The Dark Skinned Girl)
8.El Perro (The Dog)
9.El Zapateado (The Clog Dance)
“Although the lineup is string harp and small, specialized acoustic guitars, this is heavy music made for all night dancing – the rhythmic drive is overwhelming and the vocals soar and dive like demented fighter planes.”
– Lee Ballinger, Rock & Rap Confidential