CD Worksongs [Quetzal (Latin)] (CD 168706),
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Worksongs [Quetzal (Latin)]

  • 1. This Is My Home
    2. Planta de los Pies
    3. Alimentate
    4. Worksongs
    5. Limones Agrios
    6. Decide
    7. Learning Solitude
    8. Time to Go
    9. Luna Sol
    10. Relationships
    11. Modern Man
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79738

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Berlin
    EngineerRobert Carranza

    Quetzal: Martha Gonzalez (vocals, campana, tarima, cajon); Gabriel Gonzalez (vocals); Dante Pascuzzo (acoustic & electric guitars, piano, electric piano, celeste, Hammond B-3 organ, acoustic & electric basses, bajo sexto, piccolo bass, 12-string bass); Edson Gianesi (nylon guitar, electric guitar, berimbau, pandeiro, surdo, triangle, bells, tabls, snares, tamborim, shakers, chimes, caxixi, cajon); Quetzel Flores (electric guitar, guitarra DE Son, cuatro, jaranas, bajo sexto, quijada); Kiko Cornejo, Jr. (drums, congas, cajon, guiro, percussion, background vocals).
    Additional personnel includes: Anthony Pascuzzo (guitar); Russell Rodriguez (jarana); Rocio Marron (violin); Steve Berlin (flute, Clavinet).
    Personnel: Martha Gonzlez, Gabriel el Chino Gonzalez (vocals, background vocals); Quetzal Flores (guitar, electric guitar, cuatro, bajo sexto, jarana, background vocals); Dante Pascuzzo (electric guitar, steel guitar, bajo sexto, piano, celesta, electric piano, acoustic bass, electric bass, bass guitar, 12-string bass, background vocals); Edson Gianesi (electric guitar, nylon-string guitar, berimbau, pandeiro, shaker, surdo, tabla, triangle, caxixi, percussion, bells, chimes, background vocals); Russell Rodriguez (jarana); Roco Marron (violin); Steve Berlin (flute, Clavinet); Kiko Cornejo (drums, congas, guiro, percussion, background vocals); Noelle, Cava (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Robert Carranza.
    Recording information: Dantelino Studios (2003); Deep C Beats (2003); Media Vortex (2003); Phantom Vox Studios (2003); Sonora Recorders (2003).
    Photographer: Mike Quain.
    Translator: Martha Romero Hernandez.
    If Martha Gonzales -- one of Quetzal's lead vocalists -- decided to become a full-time soul or urban contemporary singer, she would probably have a bright future in the R&B field. Gonzales has a very soul-influenced vocal style, and she's quite expressive. But then, someone as eclectic as Gonzales would probably be selling herself short if she embraced one style of music exclusively -- and Quetzal is certainly a great place to be if you have a wide variety of influences. On Worksongs, the adventurous, risk-taking Mexican-American band continues to draw inspiration from many different styles. Rock, soul, and jazz are still parts of the big picture; so are Mexican folk, Afro-Cuban salsa and cumbia (both the original Colombian version and the Mexican interpretation). And Quetzal, much to their credit, manage to pull all of these influences together without sounding confused or unfocused; in fact, their experimentation sounds quite organic on this challenging yet accessible CD. One person who proves to be a valuable ally on Worksongs is saxophonist Steve Berlin, the album's producer. Berlin is best known for his long association with Los Lobos--another eclectic Mexican-American outfit--and he has also worked with everyone from Sheryl Crow to Buckwheat Zydeco to Faith No More. Stylistically, Berlin is all over the place; he has so many different Latin and non-Latin credentials, and that's exactly the sort of producer that Quetzal needs. A broad-minded band needs a broad-minded producer, which is why he works out so well on this impressively unpredictable CD. Clearly, Berlin does his part to make Worksongs a rewarding addition to Quetzal's catalog. ~ Alex Henderson

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