Street Signs - Ozomatli
Carlos Santana once called Ozo "the future of music". Through their impressive discography the band has proven themselves worthy of such high praise and for 'Street Signs', their first studio release in 3 years and first on Concord Records, they've earned new support from a whole cast of notables including Hassan Hakmoun, Les Yeux Noir David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and The Prague Symphony! With all the extra muscle (like this 9 piece groove unit needs it ... anyone who's witnessed Ozo in concert can attest to that), plus, creative carte-blanche from their new label, Street Signs cuts a wide swath across the rhythmic fields. Expect the Latin funk textures of Batucada and Jarocho along with Caribbean Dancehall, new school Chicano funk -rock and a whole new Middle Eastern dimension including string arrangements and dumbek percussion. Saxman Ulises Bella sums up nicely, "It started out of love for the music we made and that's exactly where we still are."