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Ocote Soul Sounds Interviewed at AAJ

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Ocote Soul Sound is the brainchild of two incredibly accomplished musicians, who continue to operate just under the radar; one more project to occupy the diminishingly available time of guitarist Adrian Quesada and flautist Martin Perna. With roots in the otherworldly grooves of label mates and benefactors Thievery Corporation, Ocote Soul Sounds' Coconut Rock (ESL, 2009), builds on the band's “Chicanos in Outer Space" groove by adding a cinematic quality reminiscent of David Axelrod, Weather Report and other fusion era powerhouses.

Coconut Rock is, by far, Ocote's best record to date, showcasing the growth of the band as, well, a band. Whereas 2007's The Alchemist Manifesto (ESL) was smoke-filled rooms and psilocybin dreams, Coconut Rock is dense layers of horns and percussion, Axelrod on vacation in Tijuana or Mandril in the bomb shelter with Madlib. “Vampires" recalls the proto-raps of Gil Scott-Heron, “The Return of the Freak" shadows the pimp walk of {{Curtis Mayfield}'s “Superfly."

AAJ Contributor James Taylor spoke with Ocote Soul Sounds' Adrian Quesada and Martin Perna, about the group's history, the new album and where it's going in 2010.

Check out Ocote Soul Sounds: The Ocote Way at AAJ today!

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