Arthur Lyman and Exotica Jazz

Exotica is a school of jazz that sought to recreate what suburban America of the 1950s thought about the South Pacific. Bird calls abound for some reason. Think Trader Vic’s, and drinks with odd names sporting little umbrellas (reminiscent of the beach, I suppose). It has experienced something of a renaissance since the late 1990s.

No one epitomized Exotica more than Arthur Lyman. This is “Taboo” from an album by the same name that was released in 1958.

As crazy as it seems, I’ve started listening to Exotica in the evenings when I’m reading, though mostly I listen to the more modern versions.

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