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Matt Bianco

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The band Matt Bianco was founded in 1982 by Mark Reilly, Danny White, Toto Poncioni and background vocalist Basia, just after Reilly and White left art-poppers Blue Rondo a la Turk. Their first album, Whose Side Are You On?, turned them over night into superstars, as their mixture of Ska, Jazz and Soul, mixed with Basia’s impressive and sophisticated vocal harmonies was unheard in 1983. Their ‘50’s black and white styling, mixed with postmodern flair and a couple of snappy videos helped as well. Whose Side Are You On? sold well - a couple of gold discs here, some platinum there and Matt Bianco grew to be one of the biggest acts of the mid-eighties.

The original lineup split amicably after the release of their first album and Mark Reilly teamed up with ex-Wham keyboarder Mark Fisher and continued to work under the name Matt Bianco, extending the range of their music to Bossa Nova, Salsa and with Yeh Yeh just plain pop, releasing three albums under Warner Brothers. Their European tour after their second, self-titled album saw them playing in front of over 250.000 happy punters in nine different countries, and quite a show it was: thirteen musicians on stage (including Tenor Saxophone legend Ronnie Ross) really ignited the venues and their pure joy at playing these tunes infected their (mainly European) audiences.

Since 1991 they record and produce their albums in their own two studios with the help of an impressive cast of studio musicians, releasing their records to an excited audience, continuing their impressive careers.

In 2004 Mark Fisher took a hiatus from Matt Bianco and Mark Reilly reunited with Basia and Danny White and signed with Emarcy records to record their twelfth album, Matt’s Mood. The following tour found one sell out crowd after the other in the U.S. and was received with excellent reviews.

After the success of Matt’s Mood, Danny and Basia decided to pursue their own musical goals, so in 2007 Mark Fisher and Mark Reilly were back together, working on Matt Bianco’s next album, Hifi Bossanova, scheduled for a 2009 release.


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