Flaco Jiménez „Fiesta – Live in Bremen“

22.11.2016

In 2000, Flaco Jiménez releases the album “Sleepytown” on Virgin’s Black Porch label. This album is characterized by a stronger country flavour than its predecessors. Flaco’s cover of the Lennon/McCartney song “Love Me Do”, a duet with Buck Owens, enters the US country charts.
One year later the “Sleepytown” tour is taking Flaco Jiménez and his entourage to Bremen, Germany. Not far from the Weser stadium, on the meadow next to the river Weser, Flaco Jiménez and his band are giving a memorable performance within the “Breminale” festival on June 29, 2001.
On stage Flaco is the Tex-Mex master of ceremonies conducting his magnificent band through his own “best of” program: as there are songs like “Who Were You Thinkin’ of”, “Hey Babe Que Paso”, “Dinero” and “She Never Spoke Spanish To Me” from his time with The Texas Tornados. Next to the above mentioned “Love Me Do”, “This Could Be the One” and “You’ve Got Me Wondering” of the album “Sleepytown”, they play Tex-Mex evergreens like “Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio”, Chris Montez’ “Ay No Digas” or even “Wooly Bully” – an unbelievable party vibe. With the track “Goodnight Irene” from Ry Cooder’s album “Chicken Skin Music” the fiesta comes to a worthy end.

As Andre Hesel, critic of the Bremen daily “Weser Kurier” writes in his review from July 2, 2001: “The crowning glory of Friday’s Breminale concert is the appearance of Flaco Jiménez master of the accordion on the global stage. Jiménez being accompanied by a young group of seven musicians is an icon of the Conjunto music… Happy fun fair waltzes meet jagged Tex-Mex polkas, rustic country tunes and a blues rock Beatles adaption (“Love Me Do”) in-between. Star of the band is of course accordionist and singer Jiménez who still has fast fingers but grips his microphone for the first time only after 50 minutes. It is the beautiful and worthy finale to a dance oriented Breminale day.”
International critics were reacting excited about the concert as well and praised the extraordinary performance of Flaco and his band: “The whole concert is a fun romp into Tex Mex territories. For everyone who enjoys lively music that blends rock, country, roots and Latin (conjunto) styles, this is a MUST listen, it's primo Tex party music and it's quite hooking.”
And the party goes on. Flaco is still taking part, his way meanwhile paved by five Grammys. In 2015 he received the most important one, the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work which has not ended yet. And the legend rides on…