13 Songs, 32 Minutes

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Ratings and Reviews

With A Christmas Vibe (Mele Kalikimaka)

John Jones Nashville

This is some of the best Christmas music I've ever heard - lush and subtle arrangements that are totally unique. In fact, I liked the music so much and it suited itself so well to having a vocal accompaniment that I went ahead and used it for my project The Twelve Minutes of Christmas, which is also available on iTunes.
Five of these songs tweaked ever so lovingly into subtle and not-so-subtle parodies. The original album is entitled Mele Kalikimaka and it was recorded in Hawaii in 1949. -- JJ Jones

About Arthur Lyman

As the vibraphonist for Martin Denny's group, Lyman was instrumental in crafting the sound of exotica. Lyman didn't stay with Denny for long, however, leaving the ensemble in 1957 to start a solo career that was nearly as successful as Denny's. To no one's surprise, Lyman's albums sounded very much like Denny's, with even more of a somnambulant feel. Much of the public wanted to relax, though, and they sent his debut, "Taboo," to number six in the album charts in 1958. In addition to playing vibes on his group's recordings, Lyman also played some guitar, piano, and drums, as well as paying careful attention to using stereophonic sound.

Lyman also had a few hit singles, with "Taboo" and "Love for Sale" reaching the middle of the charts, and "Yellow Bird" (the only big exotica hit besides Denny's "Quiet Village") making number four in 1961. Like Denny (though to a lesser extent), Lyman experienced a resurgence in popularity in the '90s, when the space age pop revival made it acceptable to drag out his old LPs and sit in tiki bars again. He continued performing for tourists in Waikiki until a year before his death from throat cancer on February 24, 2002. ~ Richie Unterberger

HOMETOWN
Kauai, HI
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
February 2, 1932

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