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Island Birth

by Frank Tuma

You feel like dancing in the sand at the edge of a beautiful blue lagoon and you continue dancing through the night in a Carnival parade in Rio.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brazilian Love Affair
7:05 $0.99
2. Is it This Place or You
5:14 $0.99
3. Wild Bossa Nova
5:17 $0.99
4. Lost Lagoon
7:41 $0.99
5. One Last Samba Before We Sail
5:52 $0.99
6. Island View
5:02 $0.99
7. New York Salsa
6:58 $0.99
8. Don\'t Take My Beautiful Island
7:11 $0.99
9. Latin Slow Jazz
7:05 $0.99
10. Mediterranean Salsa
6:57 $0.99
11. Fire Rock Island
6:52 $0.99
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There is a variety of island music on this CD, including Samba, Bossa Nova, Calypso, Modern Latin and differing styles of Salsa from the Mediterranean to New York. There are also a few jazz and rock specialty songs stimulated by island birthings as well.

Islands in the Oceans come from upheavals of the earths tectonic plates and from resulting volcanoes. This primitive birthing of islands is continuously occurring. The energy at the interface of the sky, earth and water is always there on the islands and maybe that\'s why special and exciting music comes from these places. I\'m always drawn to the islands where my emotions run wild and music flows out of me. Being on an island while this birthing is taking place stirs up very primitive feelings and you feel the rhythms of the cosmos and you will do something creative.

While attending college, I played at various bars and resorts to help pay for my education as a physicist. This valuable exposure to the life of working musicians convinced me to continue my education and make my way in the world of science. However, life throws interesting curves, and my goals and objectives were tinkered with and music never left the scene. Between extensive business travel and sailboat racing, I was introduced to Central and South America and most of the islands, especially in our hemisphere. Their rhythms and melodies never left me, until they exploded into a never-ending outpouring of musical compositions and a need to share them.

Florida sailing out of Cape Canaveral brought the Bahamas and all of its delicious and outrageous counter beats into my music while the endless surf beating on the hot sands of hundreds of islands brought me their catchy melodies floating on the wind. New Orleans and space rockets brought a mix of sound as tasty as the foods served behind old and rustic exteriors surrounding antique furnishings and indoor courtyards, and the beat goes on. While in Houston, I found myself playing the vibraphones and keyboards with a Hawaiian music group. This added a new musical dimension and lifelong friends who helped me pursue island music beyond my known boundaries. Science taught me about the boundless energy in the universe; traveling by sailboat to hundreds of islands and Central and South America provided me musical experiences well beyond the reach of classrooms, TV and high tech studies.

The creation of music, in my case, is based on the emotional settings and my response to them. This surely produces a uniqueness and originality not found very often. These kinds of experiences never leave me and continuously guide my fingers over the keys.. The energy from the universe, especially at night, stimulates me to compose, arrange and perform music based on all my emotional experiences.

I now live on Pine Island, which is located on the southwest coast of Florida. It is a beautiful and mostly unspoiled place surrounded by estuaries and dozens of little islands where dolphins, manatees and colonies of birds live. In this setting, especially on star filled nights, my creative juices flow with music. Please join me and listen to the rhythms of the universe.



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Refreshing island music album splashed with flavorful textures of Latin and jazz
Sink your toes in the sand and order up a tall tropical drink as you sit back and enjoy the refreshing “Island Birth” by Frank Tuma. Tuma has compiled a wonderful selection of island music splashed with flavorful textures of Latin and jazz. Production is first-rate as the multi-layered instruments are well mixed and tempos are moderate with an uplifting spirit. The zest of each instrument really brings forth the essence of a tropical paradise and invigorates one’s mind and body. “Wild Bossa Nova” is an exciting arrangement in a call-and-response form from the bright synth horns and guitar. A striking synth brass section carries a delightful melody in “New York Salsa” as the percussion keeps a solid beat. Bob Marley and/or Harry Belafonte fans will want to check out “Island Birth,” as it is an engaging collection of energetic Latin/jazz music from a tropical setting.

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