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Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica: Third River Rangoon

Read "Third River Rangoon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The “Mr. Ho" of Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica is vibraphonist Brian O'Neil, who has put together a vibraphone quartet, also featuring flute, percussion and bass, for Third River Rangoon. The music, dubbed “exotica," drifts back and forth across the less than distinct border between third stream chamber jazz and classical, with hints of world music influenced by a tropical island Tiki god thrown in for good measure.Mr. Ho's previous exotica release explored the artistry of Mexican composer Juan Garcia ...

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Mr Ho's Orchestrotica: Endless Bachelor Party

Read "Mr Ho's Orchestrotica: Endless Bachelor Party" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Led by pianist and multi-percussionist Brian O'Neill, Mr Ho's Orchestrotica plays the kind of music you can listen to with your mother. She'll love the '50s atmosphere of The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel (Exotica For Modern Living, 2010)--while you'll pick up all the left-of-center global hints--and she won't even know it's good for her! It's good, indeed, wrought as it is from original charts from lounge/exotica avatar Juan Garcia Esquivel, transcribed from actual recordings by ear. For baby boomers, it ...