Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica | Third River Rangoon

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Third River Rangoon

by Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica

Debut album featuring a mostly-original, postmodern, improvised take on the mid-century genre known as exotica. Recorded live with vibes, bass flute, percussion, bass and oud, it reinterprets the escapism made famous by Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.
Genre: Jazz: Third Stream
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1. Third River Rangoon
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2. Thor's Arrival
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3. Maika
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4. Colorado Waltz
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5. Arab Dance
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6. Phoenix, Goodbye
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7. Terre Exotique
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8. Autumn Digging Dance
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9. Moai Thief
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10. Lonesome Aku of Alewife
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11. Lyman '59
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Album Notes
This recording is the second disc in the band's series, Exotica for Modern Living. Referencing the exotica of Martin Denny, Milt Raskin, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich among others, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica—as a vibraphone quartet—presents an original third-stream collection of updated jazz, chamber, and world music reaching towards the South Pacific via Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O’Neill (Mr. Ho) with bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Noriko Terada), and acoustic bass (Jason Davis).

Originally a mixture of jazz, latin, polynesian, and exotic sounds once popular in the 1950s and 1960s, exotica music became the lounge music of choice for armchair travelers, hi-fi lovers, cocktail-party hosts, and anyone else obsessed with modern living, polynesian-pop culture, and [sometimes imaginary] far-away places. It is this concept of "escapism" that is at the core of the group's sound, a modernization of the original exotica genre.

While the Orchestrotica does perform classics by the original artists of the style—Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Les Baxter, Milt Raskin, and Cal Tjader—the group focuses on original music written by Mr. Ho.


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