Before I was in Mandrill, I was working as a computer programmer, ironically in the same building as the record label that signed us, Polydor. I didn't care for the day gig and would walk into the park at lunchtime. On weekends, in the summer, I'd bring my guitar and my frisbee...had jams, loads of fun, met nice people, sometimes near the 72nd street fountain or the lawns nearby....that's the basic origin and feel of the song for me.

1999 Tour Dates:

Omar reunited with Neftali and the Wilson brothers to perform in:

Atlanta GA,

"Drum Rhythm Festival" Amsterdam

Hanover Germany



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Omar Mesa And Paradise Central CD 
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Omar Mesa albums Track Listing of songs: Waiting; I Love The Way You Read My Mind.; Love is The Key; The Face She Knew Before; Island Romance; Heart Dance; Paradise Central; Deco District;
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Fencewalk: The Anthology Fencewalk: The Anthology CDs (1997) 5 stars 
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Omar Mesa discography Additional personnel includes: Paul Trejo, Elliott Randall, Cliff Morris (guitar); Douglas Cameron (violin); Dave Tofani (alto saxophone); David Conley (saxophone); Kenneth Mason (trumpet, flugelhorn); Alan Rubin (trumpet); Tom Malone (trombone); Greg Mathieson (piano); Rob Mounsey (electric piano); Paul Griffin (clavinet). By the '90s, the eclecticism of artists like Beck made the combining ...
Mandrill CD (1970) 
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Omar Mesa albums Mandrill's debut isn't half the album it could've been, since the band's talented musicianship and desire to experiment were often subverted -- by ambitions of pop success as well as a dry, over-serious approach to music-making. The three Wilson brothers, though masters of over a dozen instruments, still hadn't mastered the ...
Composite Truth CD (1973) 4.5 stars 
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Omar Mesa CD discography Composite Truth is Mandrill's most successful album, commercially as well as artistically. Although the band's sense of freewheeling experimentation had been tempered, its gradual transition to a straight-ahead funk band was made perfect with two of the biggest hits of its career: "Hang Loose" and "Fencewalk." "Hang Loose" is all over ...
Mandrill Is Mandrill Is CD (1972) 4 stars 
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Omar Mesa music CDs Apparently learning from the mistakes of its debut, Mandrill crafted a follow-up with fewer stylistic detours than the first record, but much more energy and greater maturity. The two singles, "Ape Is High" and "Git It All," are unhinged performances from all involved that have the sense of musical invigoration so ...
Just Outside of Town Just Outside of Town CD (1973) 
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Omar Mesa songs It lacked the delicious hooks and tight funk of Composite Truth, but Just Outside of Town was as solid and confident a piece of music-making as the band ever accomplished. The single "Mango Meat" is a tough Latin funk number with some inspired group harmonizing, and Mandrill stretched out with a pair of love songs, "Never Die" and the aptly titled "Love Song," the latter beginning with a few minutes of atmospheric ...