Sink your toes in the sand and order up a tall tropical drink as you sit back and enjoy the refreshing "Island Birth" by Frank Tuma. Tuma has compiled a wonderful selection of island music splashed with flavorful textures of Latin and jazz. Production is first-rate as the multi-layered instruments are well mixed and tempos are moderate with an uplifting spirit. The zest of each instrument really brings forth the essence of a tropical paradise and invigorates one's mind and body. "Wild Bossa Nova" is an exciting arrangement in a call-and-response form from the bright synth horns and guitar. A striking synth brass section carries a delightful melody in "New York Salsa" as the percussion keeps a solid beat. Bob Marley and/or Harry Belafonte fans will want to check out "Island Birth," as it is an engaging collection of energetic Latin/jazz music from a tropical setting.
-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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