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Guitarist Hyland Thomas's Moonlight Fiesta is an all-original program of carefree, uplifting instrumentals. In addition to the commonplace guitar-sax frontline, Bob Hennessy adds harmonica which helps set this music apart from the contemporary pack. There's more percussion than usual, too, which adds a light latin touch and provides a much more pleasant rhythmic kick than drum loops. There's nothing terribly adventurous here, but it's pleasant, engaging, competently done, and free from many of the cliches that dog many of today's glossy over-produced offerings.
Track Listing: Gildersleeve Island Cocoa Beach Ocean City Sunday at Otis White Sands Moonlight Fiesta A Mix of Sun and Clouds Cantina Loco
Personnel: Hyland Thomas - guitar and percussion Bob Hennessy - chromatic harmonica and percussion Bruce McGrath - saxophones and flute Dave Stoltz - bass Joe Grieco or Bill Mocarsky - keyboards John Pel - percussion