“We were mixing jazz with Latin rhythms and pop, but we weren't sure if anyone would get us.”
—Mark Reilly, band founder
NO other British recording act has infused their Western background with Latin American elements as tightly as this band has. Steered by singer and songwriter Mark Reilly (b. 1960), the group emerged in the UK jazz/pop scene in 1982 with the name of a fictitious spy plus the frenzy of dance and tropical sounds. Over twenty years later, Matt Bianco continues to evolve their brand of sophisticated pop music yet remaining true to the spirit of Central and South America.
For non-Hispanic listeners, the rhythm of cha-cha, samba, mambo, and salsa has never been this lyrically accessible.