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Best of 2015

The Tropicals

Urubamba (LP)

Label: Sleeve Records

Format: LP

Genre: Library/Soundtracks

Preorder: Releases December 10th 2022


"Urubamba by the Italian duo The Tropicals is the perfect foil to Nino Nardini’s and Roger Roger’s Jungle Obsession (1971). Both albums are released a few months apart, are made by Italians and Frenchmen, intermix field recordings and sound libraries with cavalcades of drums, flutes and Funk Exotica and simply entrap that European version of epidemical funkiness of the time which can be rightfully ridiculed, but equally enjoyed. The Tropicals are Giancarlo Barigozzi alias Ginazzi, a Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist whose signature instrument is – at least on this record – the latter one, and Oscar Rocchi alias Chiarosi who provides the electric piano and keyboard to the drum-laden LP.

Released on the Jump label, Urubamba presents an overarching African topic, but is keen on venturing to Jamaica, India and other locations all around the globe. Rounding the enthralling sounds off is the talented use of acoustic guitars, several bongos, congas and djembes as well as the terrific voice of an otherwise unmentioned female singer who provides chants that remind of Sally Terry's vocal range off Robert Drasnin’s eternal classic Voodoo! (1959). Occasionally, Ginazzi and Chiarosi join the fun with playfully savage shouts and humming. Even though this album remains the only LP by the duo, these musicians are very skilled and the exotic flavor is on top of that instantly omnipresent. Jazz musician Giancarlo Barigozzi has played for Frank Sinatra and other big names, whereas Oscar Rocchi appeared on many international Jazz quartets. Here, it seems, the duo plays it cool and has lots of fun in fathoming out the playful, melodious, sun-fueled and accessible side of Jazz, i.e. the very trademarks that make the genre called Exotica so luring. Urubamba is one of the lost Exotica classics that never came to be." - Ambientexotica.com


Cat. number: SLEEREC002
Year: 2022