The original song of Cumbia de la carretera and Cumbia de Medianoche is from the band The Blazers on their album release of 2000 Pure Blazers. Check here this tunes from russia with love!The former Vologda, Russia guitar virtuoso, musical chameleon and songwriter Zhenya Rock makes his solo debut on this 22 track American / Turk / Russian / Psycho Internationally-infused roller coaster of sound. Since playing naked on the streets of Santa Monica with former outfit Siberian Surf-rockers The Red Elvises (www.redelvises.com), Z is now Austin, TX based. The Elvises have claimed a cult status throne in the club scene, and Zhenya penned some of their biggest hits, including the full soundtrack for Six String Samarai and the full album "Bedroom Boogie."
Zhenya Rock - Accordeon & Vocals
Chris DeVore - Acoustic Guitar
Sasha Kouznetsov - Bass Guitar
Carles Zanetti - Drums
The Blazers, a Los Angeles-based band with many danceable beats, demonstrate their years of deeply-embedded roots with their first all-Spanish album, Puro Blazers. The songs are somewhat repetitive but always lively. The first two cumbias, "El Mochil—n" and "Cumbia de la Carretera," evoke images of vibrant and sultry dancing in the moonlight.
"Grande de Caderas," on the silly topic of large hips, boasts a hopping, happy melody. This song is also one of the few without complete translations to English -- though the other translations usually only remind the listener that the lyrics are rather absurd, such as "Coco Rayado," about "That coconut that Lupe wants." In most cases, it's better to enjoy the unbounded energy of the music without knowing what The Blazers are actually singing.
"Vieja Escalera" is a polka lover's -- and accordion lover's -- dream. "Mi Sombrero Al—n," another traveler's cumbia, includes the translated words, "I'm feeling suave," and the music certainly concurs. The final track, "Libro Abierto," adds the perfect last dance, loving and lingering.
The Blazers include RubŽn Guaderrama on vocals, guitars, requinto romantico, tres, bass and percussion; Manuel Gonzales on vocals, guitars, baja sexto, orchestral accordion, bass and percussion; Jesus Cuevas on vocals, button accordion and bass; and Mike Molina on drums.
The Blazers may have simple lyrics and an abundance of repetition, but I can imagine them filling a dance floor and keeping the party going into the morning with those seductive cumbias on Puro Blazers.
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