Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Les Blank

Flaco Jimenez in Chulas Fronteras
image from Chulas Fronteras

Les Blank's Chulas Fronteras (1976) is an enduring and timeless document of Tex-Mex border music. The film was made with the guidance of record producer Chris Strachwitz, who also advised Les Blank on A Well Spent Life. Chulas Fronteras's record-pressing sequence with Flaco Jimenez (above) is a terrific example of cutting together a process with music performance.
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