Grupo Montéz de Durango
- Helena Simonett
A seven-man synthesized band categorized as “Regional Mexican.” The band was formed in Chicago in 1996 by percussionist José Luis Terrazas, a native of Durango, Mexico, who grew up in Chicago. The duranguense “Chicago sound” recreated Mexican brass-band sound with synthesizers and drums to interpret Mexican standards such as rancheras and baladas (rustic and refined love songs). Beyond covering traditional songs, the young group also played fast-paced dance tunes that became known as Pasito Duranguense (The Durango Step). Terrazas formed his own label but soon after signed with BMG and then with Mexico-based Disa Records. “El Pasito Duranguense,” one of the tracks off their first Disa album, was an instrumental polka that spurred a dance craze in the Midwest similar to the quebradita in Southern California in the early 1990s. The group received gold and platinum albums, took the 2004 Billboard Award for Best Regional Mexican Album for De Durango a Chicago...