Friday, December 17, 2010

CD Review: Hawaii's Waitiki 7

New Sounds of Exotica

The exotic sounds of the 1950's, 60's and 70's have inspired Hawaii's Waitiki 7 to explore and reinvent the exotic lounge jazz sounds from tropical islands. The Latin-jazz and breezy sounds of the vibraphone, sax, flutes, animal calls, violin, piano, double bass, and assorted percussion make New Sounds of Exotica a favorite for any summer party. The instrumental songs are also inspired by Martin Denny or Arthur Lyman. The ensemble consists of Tim Mayer, Helen Liu, Zaccai Curtis, Jim Benoit, Lopaka Colon, Abe Lagrimas, Jr., and Randy Wong. Some of the musicians were Grammy-nominated for other projects. The immense talent of all performers are evidenced on the Tito Puente-like hit, "Bali Ha'i" to the slower, but no less brilliant, "When I First Love". There is a South American feel to many of the songs, along with tropical jazz. At any rate, Waitiki 7 are sure to bring loads of exotica to any location with shining results. There are even a few drink recipes included. ~ Matthew Forss

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