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Old 11-01-2009, 01:50 AM   #3822
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Not even the cheesy 80's synth & congas...
Actually, the synths are pretty understated on the track - they're just being used to create a bed for the other instruments and to add a little icing. Not really prominent enough for the average listener to notice them much.

And I don't think I've ever heard the word "cheesy" applied to congas (whose presence in music, BTW, neither began nor ended with the 80s) before (and especially not when a world-class cat like Don Alias is playing them.)

Quick! Google his credits!

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Night Music was a great program. David Sandborn's pomposity used to grate on me a bit, but thankfully Jools Holland made up for it in spades.
Sanborn came across as himself, i.e., a serious, world-class/world renowned musician who was actually able to say something intelligent about the music (as opposed to mere taste-making/fashion policing re: the use of synths, etc.) I suppose that, by definition, all of the above translates to "pompous" in your world.

Holland, while not a bad pianist himself, was more about the show biz razzmatazz and the usual peripheral crap on NM. Just about every serious musician and/or listener I've encountered who was actually old enough to stay up late enough to watch the show when it was in production feels "Night Music" was better after Holland's departure.
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