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Grammy award aside, Flaco Jiménez’s last solo album was a big disappointment, for it showed how far Texas’ greatest accordionist had strayed. After all those studio sit-ins with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Dwight Yoakam and those trips around the globe as the ambassador of Tex-Mex, his sound crept closer to Nashville country-pop and further from El West Side of San Antonio. So it is satisfying to report that Flaco’s latest, Buena Suerte, Señorita (Arista/Texas), is the one that really deserves a Grammy. It’s an exceptional back-to-basics piece of cantina fare—dusty, dirty conjunto that wraps vocal harmonies and a bajo-sexto twelve-string rhythm around Flaco’s pile-driving squeeze-box leads. And you don’t need to understand Spanish to appreciate the polkas, which absolutely rock. JOE NICK PATOSKI

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