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Adventures in Paradise

by The WAITIKI 7

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a jewel case with original tiki illustrations by Sam Gambino, photography by Jason Goodman, cocktail recipes by Brother Cleve and John Gertsen, pupu recipe by Sandra Wu (Cook's Illustrated), and liner notes by Jeff Tamarkin (JazzTimes editor).

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of WAITIKI in Hi-Fi, In Concert at Iolani School, New Sounds of Exotica, Adventures in Paradise, Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (Original), and Charred Mammal Flesh: Exotic Music for BBQ. , and , .

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Coronation 04:30
Totem Pole 05:01
Manila 07:04
Craving 05:06
Ouanalao 04:32
Sacha-Cha 02:35
Mood Indigo 06:02


The WAITIKI 7’s Debut Release, Adventures in Paradise, Reinvents Classic Exotica for Modern Ears

Release Date: August 18, 2009

(Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Hawai‘i's Statehood)

If, while listening to The WAITIKI 7’s debut album Adventures in Paradise you find yourself daydreaming of sipping a cocktail from a tiki mug while lolling about idyllically on a Hawaiian beach as birds sing merrily in the trees not too far away, then you get it. Adventures in Paradise, to be released August 18th on Pass Out Records, is a contemporary reimagining of the classic exotica sound introduced on the islands exactly 50 years ago—the year of Hawaii's statehood—by Martin Denny, a transplanted mainland pianist who tapped into the tropical zeitgeist, stirred together several disparate elements, and created a whole new sound in the process.

“Exotica,” explains Randy Wong, the 28-year-old bassist, music director and co-founder of The WAITIKI 7, “floats in the zone between soundscapes and an early world music hybrid. Denny took popular WWII-era Hawaiian Island songs (themselves already set to jazz harmonies, and
incorporating folk songs from the Far East) and a Latin feel and then added birdcalls. He took large orchestrations intended for full symphonic orchestra and pared them down to make them feasible in the combo context. But exotica just sort of stopped developing in the ’60s.”

Which is where The WAITIKI 7 comes in. Although they bow at the altar of Martin Denny and other exotica pioneers such as Les Baxter and Juan Garcia Esquivel, The WAITIKI 7—whose name cleverly fuses that of the famous Honolulu beach with the faux-Polynesian gods ubiquitous in island culture—is a band for today. The WAITIKI 7 retains the essence of Denny-era exotica and reconstitutes it for contemporary audiences raised on a multitude of clashing musical genres and pop culture images.


released August 18, 2009


Produced by Brother Cleve and Randy Wong

Tim Mayer - Soprano Sax, Flutes
Helen Liu - Violin
Zaccai Curtis - Piano
Jim Benoit - Vibes & Xylophone
Lopaka Colon - Percussion, Bird/Animal Calls
Abe Lagrimas Jr. - Drums & Vibes
Randy Wong - Bass & Leader

Special Guest - Mike Dease (trombone & arrangements), Greg Paré (vibes & narration)


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WAITIKI International & The WAITIKI 7 Honolulu, Hawaii

Founded as a band in 2003 by Hawaii’s Abe Lagrimas Jr. & Randy Wong, WAITIKI takes its primary inspiration from the great midcentury/exotica musicians Les Baxter, Martin Denny, and Arthur Lyman. Over the years, Waitiki’s projects have grown beyond tiki to include the space-age bachelor pad music of Juan Garcia Esquivel,the cool Latin Jazz of Cal Tjader, the Saturnalia of Sun Ra, and more. ... more

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