This is the second CD release for this Los Angeles-based sextet.
This is the second CD release for this Los Angeles-based sextet. It follows a terrific debut record, "Sing the Real," which brought Quetzal to the attention of world and Latin music fans beyond their Southern California home turf. The group shares a populist agenda with such artists as Lila Downs and, like Los Lobos, began its career by building a major following in the barrios of East L.A. Quetzal is not simply a latter-day Los Lobos, however. The act's sound is even more rooted in traditional Mexican music, though it is wide open to influences from hard rock to Cuban son. The Quetzal lyrical vibe is Chicano dignity, and that message is constant, whether in the subtle electronica of "Planta de los Pies," the sumptuous son jarocho of "Limones Agios" or the Latin dance number "Luna Sol."—PVV