Songwriting, Producing & Vocal Arranging

fire in the youth

B-Side Players – Fire in the Youth (2007)

The San Diego-based B-Side Players had been giving the revolution a groove for almost 15 years when 2007 arrived, playing music like Rage Against the Machine meets War with a heavy injection of son and some other Latin flavors (the “B” stands for “Brown”). With Fire in the Youth, vocalist and leader Karlos Paez has grown up without clamping down by smoothing down some of the punky rough spots found on the band’s earlier albums while upping the funk and melody. While this tactic may not be as instantly gripping, it lets much more of the Latin flavor through, creating […]

In Lak Ech

In Lak Ech – Mujeres Con Palabra (2007)

IN LAK ECH – the inspirational Los Angeles, California based performance poetry collective of women – released their debut CD through Xicano Records & Film on August 14, 2007, which was also produced by Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal. Titled “Mujeres Con Palabra” (Women of & with Word) this 20 track CD is a look into mind, heart and soul of Xicana (Chicana) women. In Lak Ech is a Meso-American concept meaning “you are my other me” tu eres mi otro yo. In the flesh, In Lak Ech is a performance poetry collective composed of Liza Cohen Hita, Marisol L. Torres, […]

Don't Mess With The Dragon

Ozomatli – Don’t Mess With The Dragon (2007)

On their fourth full-length studio release, Ozomatli serve up a rhythmically seething musical mélange that serves as virtual mirror to the dizzying cultural contradictions at the heart of their Los Angeles hometown, wrapping it in a studio-polished veneer (largely courtesy of Santana/Ricky Martin producer KC Porter) that only underscores their intriguing reflections. They wear their civic pride as badge of honor on the gritty “City of Angels,” a hip-hop-funk-fusion anthem that courses straight from the street to the stars. The joyous “La Temperatura,” a tribute to the city’s pro-immigrant marches of ’06, picks up the local thread and weaves it […]

No Hurry

In No Hurry – Vol. 1 feat. Martha Gonzalez (2006)

“In no hurry” is a record project featuring Vocalist/Songwriter/Producer Martha Gonzalez. The Album is co-produced and co-written by Stan Misraje and Dante Pascuzzo. The E.P.’s scheduled release date is mid May. If you like “In no Hurry” check out Martha with the progressive music group Quetzal. Thanks for supporting independent music!! Release Date: 2006 Label: in no hurry / in no hurry Track Listing: Time to Build In No Hurry Faded Ebb and Flow

Quetzal - Die Cowboy Die

Quetzal – Die Cowboy Die (2006)

This is the fourth CD since the band, named for a tropical bird prized by the Maya for its resplendent plumage, was formed in the early ’90s by guitarist-composer Quetzal Flores, the son of community organizers. “Each album has its distinct character. But Quetzal’s new album marks a radical reconstruction that once again broadens the band’s sonic palette and the parameters of Chicano music. “Cowboy” is a lot less folkloric, a lot more urban. It even incorporates elements of R&B with the addition of bearded, bespectacled Quincy McCrary on keyboard and vocals (in English) that evoke Stevie Wonder, but the […]

charanga cakewalk

Charanga Cakewalk – Chicano Zen (2006)

Charanga Cakewalk and Michael Ramos follow up their critically acclaimed debut album LOTERIA DE LA CUMBIA LOUNGE with the new and exciting sounds of CHICANO ZEN. With its unique fusion of Cumbia, Bolero, Dance and cinematic sounds – and featuring guest stars Lila Downs, Patty Griffin, Martha Gonzalez (of ‘Quetzal’) and Ruben Ramos – Charanga Cakewalk once again delivers an album full of charm-filled musical gems. Release Date: March 28, 2006 Label: Triloka Records Website: Tracklist: Chicano Zen La Miga Hormiga Melodica Amor Profundo No Soy Feliz La Mimosa El Cine Vida Magica (Martha González) Gloria La Corriente El […]