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)
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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,
Looking backward while moving forward -- Doug Simpson, Audiophile
Harks back a half-century to the golden age of exotica -- Jon Young,
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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