Chico Mann is the brainchild of Antibalas' guitarist, Marquitos Garcia, who, armed with his childhood Casio keyboards, recorded Manifest Tone Vol. 1. The project, which began as an experiment in spontaneous composition, proved to be a true glimpse into the essence of Garcia's musical passions: the
"Evocative, hooky big-beat folk-rock." T-Bone Burnett contributes one of his most nuanced productions on The Indescribable Wow - full of varied settings for Phillips's love songs (the Shirelles-style Latin lilt of "Out of Time") and spiritual doubts (the raga-rockish "Holding On to the Earth").