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THE WAITIKI 7 Re-inventing classic exotica for modern ears.

The musicians of The WAITIKI 7(also known as W7) bring together a wealth of culture and superb musicianship. At its core are three of Hawaii’s finest musicians: Percussionist & exotic bird caller Lopaka Colon (son of original Martin Denny percussionist & bird caller Augie Colon), jazz drummer Abe Lagrimas Jr., and bassist/bandleader Randy Wong. Exotica has always had strong Latin Jazz influences; in W7, these tenets are held taut by Zaccai Curtis (piano) and Tim Mayer (winds) ” both of whom have received past Grammy nominations in Latin and Jazz. Crossing over from the classical world comes the group’s youngest member: twenty-one year old vibraphonist Jim Benoit. The brilliantly exuberant Helen Liu (violin) rounds out this phenomenal group. Six of the members compose and arrange for the group....
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”This is the band to beat” -- Nate Chinen, THE GIG

“A smart and swank affair” -- Cory Frye, Under The Radar

“The rightful heirs of Denny, Lyman, and Esquivel” -- J. Simpson, Weirdomusic.com

“Looking backward while moving forward” -- Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition

“Harks back a half-century to the golden age of exotica” -- Jon Young, Mother Jones

“Polished fusion of jazz, pop, tropical folk” -- Nippertown

“This week's best album” -- Alarm Magazine

“Needs to be on your must-have list” -- Westchester Herald

“Intoxicating” -- Pete Hund, GoodNewMusic.com

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BOSTON, MA

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