Frank Corrales: Morena De Mi Amor
Morena De Mi Amor
Frank Corrales (guitar)
Cantina Classics (Talking Taco / Iago 213)
Traditional, arranged by Frank Corrales.
Recorded: San Antonio, no date given (CD released in 1999)
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Guitarist Frank Corrales, who passed away in 2007 after a long battle with diabetes, first made his mark in Tex-Mex music by apprenticing with the masters: the great accordionist Flaco Jiminez and Flaco's father, the conjunto pioneer Santiago Jimenez, Sr. But when he tried to step out as a leader on his own CDs, Corrales met with resistance. Many distributors refused to carry his Border Spice release, claiming that there was no market for this type of crossover. Yet in time Corrales found a larger audience, and his Cantina Classics, from which this track hails, continues to be a favorite. Heck, some of his music is even showing up as ringtones these days (the ultimate sign of having arrived as a performer in the new millennium). His music has verve and personality, and also a certain staged over-the-top quality that only adds to its appeal. If you haven't experienced the joys of Tex-Mex guitar, here is the place to start.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia