There are Brazilian influences; Earth, Wind & Fire`s borrowed harmonies, the druggy chug of Gal Costa`s “O Gosto Do Amor”. The music that Beppe Loda and Daniele Baldelli plundered for Afro and Cosmic. There`s a touch of the Pop Samba of Georgie Fame, Matt Bianco, or Kalima covering Ivan Lins. There`s the deshelved troubadour the morning after the carnival, crumpled suit, hang over and hair of the dog air of Daniel Melingo`s “Narigon”. There`s the cocktail bar muzak of Haroumi Hosono, the Exotica records of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman that Hosono collected and took inspiration from. There`s Seawind Fusion, timbale twists, long, slightly-Housed-up, percussion jams that recall Cathy Sledge`s cover of Stevie`s “Another Star”. There`s Boogaloo, Nuyorcian piano, Salsoul vibes flourishes. There`s the vocodered cocaine-cool of Laid Back`s “Baker Man”. There`s the Balearic of Linda Di Franco, Anna Domino, Isabelle Antena, and a superb Mediterranean wanna-be-Gottsching “Sueno Latino” of a guitar solo. And there are, of course, bongos.
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