Matt Bianco

There was a time in the early 1980s when jazz was again all the rage, spearheaded by Julien Temple’s celebratory and contagious ‘Absolute Beginners’ which set the standard for a certain look, a certain sound, a certain synthesis of different worlds that meet on the dance floor. For those who wanted to be a part of the emergent jazz scene there was a particular group putting out acid jazz called Matt Bianco whose biggest hits like ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ are still played today.

Now they’re back with those same crisp vocals, slick backing sound with a new album, ‘Hideaway’, a record, as they put it, in which to “retreat, escape the pressures of everyday life, both physically and mentally. Take a moment to relax and recharge.” Next to the classic Matt Bianco, there’s a denser, warmer sound thanks to a large brass section, yet it only adds to that familiar MB feel of being at a Hollywood party supping a cocktail.  With the likes of up-beat Falling and late night ballad ‘Too Late For Love’ Mark Reilly has once again done what he does best, produce jazz masterpieces that prove that good music never goes away. 

 

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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