Fire Away

Fire Away

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by Ozomatli
     
 

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On first glance, it might seem odd that Los Angeles-based Ozomatli chose Tony Berg as its producer for Fire Away. Berg is usually associated with more laid-back artists from Ted Hawkins, and Aimee Mann to Bruce Hornsby and Animal Logic. CloserSee more details below

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On first glance, it might seem odd that Los Angeles-based Ozomatli chose Tony Berg as its producer for Fire Away. Berg is usually associated with more laid-back artists from Ted Hawkins, and Aimee Mann to Bruce Hornsby and Animal Logic. Closer examination, however, also reveals he's helmed sessions by X, Public Image, and Squeeze. Ozomatli chose Berg for one important reason: they've never been able to capture their live sound in a studio, and he's great at it. Berg and Ozomatli have teamed with Downtown Music/Mercer Street Records for Fire Away, and if ever there were a title that summed up a recording, this is it. Ozomatli play the most unique meld of rock, salsa, soul, hip-hop, merengue, son, rhumba, cumbia, and funk in the business. Now a septet, Ozomatli are tighter than ever. Berg manages to keep the grit and dirt in the band's live sound while adding just enough studio ambience to make the album jump hard. The opener, "Are You Ready" is a galloping norteño-cum-mariachi meld of rock and funk in overdrive. Horns bleat, basslines pop, drums double-time, and pianos and keyboards push and shove the mix forward. That nasty, distorted bassline is the only thing that keeps it on the ground. The set shifts to the uptempo Latin soul groover "45," with double-time rhythms, breaks by drummer Mario Calire, and some tasty Curtis Mayfield-styled guitar by Raul Pacheco. "Elysian Fields" is a mad, funky hip-hop jam with chant-and-response vocals and a chorus that's as infectious as smallpox. "Gay Vatos in Love" marries old-school Latin soul, street corner doo wop, and early rock & roll with punchy horns, cracking snares, and five-part harmony to make a social statement that sounds like a party anthem. "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" gets the whole band into the vocal mix in a stomping Latin boogaloo jumper with plenty of early Motown chorus breaks. "Nadas por Free" marries boogaloo to hip-hop à la De La Soul, with big organic beats and killer vocals. "Cabalito" is a popping polka to close the set with a salsa-cum-cha-cha horn section. This team worked beautifully together here; let's hope they do it again soon.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Downtown
UPC:
0878037014822
catalogNumber:
70148
Rank:
16376

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ozomatli   Primary Artist
Tony Berg   Guitar,Charango
Ulises Bella   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Melodica,Group Member
Mario Calire   Drums,Group Member
Asfru Sierra   Trumpet,Celeste,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Trumpet,Group Member
Wil-Dog Abers   Bass,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Group Member
Raúl Pacheco   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Jarana,Tres,Group Member
Justin "El Niño" Porée   Percussion,Vocals,Rap,Group Member
Jiro Yamaguchi   Percussion,Tabla,Background Vocals,Group Member
Zach Gill   Background Vocals
Blake Mills   Guitar
Jim Calire   Hammond B3
Pablillo Molina   Tuba

Technical Credits

Tony Berg   Composer,Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Shane MacGowan   Composer
Robert Carranza   Engineer
Ulises Bella   Composer
Asfru Sierra   Composer
Raúl Pacheco   Composer
Justin "El Niño" Porée   Composer
Jiro Yamaguchi   Composer
Willy "Wil Dog" Abers   Composer
Shawn Everett   Engineer
Ilka Cortes   Composer

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