Exotica

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Exotica can range from silly campy novelty records for 'swingin bachelor pads' to more serious experimental blends of jazz, Latin rhythms, studio technology and modern orchestration. The JMA exotica genre excludes the former but welcomes the latter. Good examples of the more artistic practitioners of the Exotica genre include Martin Denny and Les Baxter. Both Denny and Baxter were accomplished jazz musicians who also drew on a wealth of other musical influences including French impressionistic composers, Afro-Cuban jazz and Polynesian percussion to create highly original and creative musical landscapes.

Other jazz influenced artists that might be found in the Exotica genre include: artists who record creative versions of well known pop songs, artists who juxtapose in-congruent styles in an ironic fashion, artists who have an anachronistic presentation and musical style, and artists who create unique recordings that do not fit easily into any standard genre. A final common element of many exotica artists is a sense of ironic kitsch, this element is easily recognized by fans of the genre, but may be too subtle for outsiders to recognize.

Although the age of tiki lounges has long passed, artists who can be labeled as exotica still exist. Many of today's exotica practitioners create colorful and often psychedelic instrumental tracks similar in length to a pop song. The use of analog synthesizers, vintage keyboards and effects are often common as well. Many of today's exotica artists came up through the trip-hop scene. Recent exotica artists include ROOT and Julian Julien.

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ANANDA SHANKAR Ananda Shankar Album Cover Ananda Shankar
ANANDA SHANKAR
4.89 | 4 ratings
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MARTIN DENNY Exotica Album Cover Exotica
MARTIN DENNY
4.82 | 5 ratings
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FRANKIE LAINE Hell Bent For Leather Album Cover Hell Bent For Leather
FRANKIE LAINE
4.91 | 3 ratings
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HERB ALPERT Whipped Cream & Other Delights Album Cover Whipped Cream & Other Delights
HERB ALPERT
4.75 | 3 ratings
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JOHN ZORN The Concealed: Esoteric Secrets and Hidden Traditions of the East Album Cover The Concealed: Esoteric Secrets and Hidden Traditions of the East
JOHN ZORN
4.50 | 3 ratings
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GABOR SZABO Spellbinder Album Cover Spellbinder
GABOR SZABO
4.50 | 3 ratings
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LES BAXTER Tamboo! Album Cover Tamboo!
LES BAXTER
4.48 | 3 ratings
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GABOR SZABO Mizrab Album Cover Mizrab
GABOR SZABO
4.42 | 5 ratings
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MARTIN DENNY Primitiva Album Cover Primitiva
MARTIN DENNY
4.50 | 2 ratings
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GABOR SZABO Belsta River Album Cover Belsta River
GABOR SZABO
4.50 | 2 ratings
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GABOR SZABO More Sorcery Album Cover More Sorcery
GABOR SZABO
4.50 | 2 ratings