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Day 91. Martin Denny’s Exotica

Though Les Baxter is the progenitor of Exotica music, Martin Denny is the man who gave this genre its name. His 1957 album, titled Exotica, featured a stripped-down version of Baxter’s tune Quiet Village. Denny refined his musical style to include vibes, percussion, and man-made bird calls, a sound most closely associated with this music today. The CD I listen too bundles this first album with Exotica Volume II, released in 1958. That’s a lot of musical escape on one disc!