Tropical Dandy is the first album from the great Haruomi Hosono’s “Crown Years” where he explored tropical jazz fusion, soft rock, exotica, and lounge music with his band Tin Pan Alley. Inspired by Van Dyke Parks, Martin Denny, Sly Stone, and New Orleans blues man Professor Longhair, Hosono created his own uniquely Japanese exotica sound by fusing traditional instruments and melodies with rhodes piano, ukulele, banjo, pedal steel guitar, percussion, and flute. The album is somewhat underrated amongst Hosono’s catalog and one of the few that’s yet to been reissued… “Honey Moon” would later be covered by Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco. Just a year later, Hosono would actually invite DeMarco onstage at The Mayan Theater to perform the song with him. If you’re a fan of this album, we highly recommend checking out Hosono’s NTS radio show “Daisy Holiday” where he plays his favorite jazz, country, folk, rock, and blues.
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Tags: Cult Classic / Exotica / Haruomi Hosono / Soft Rock