The best works
Whose Side are You On?
band’s remarkable debut in 1984 packed the charts and assured the trio of Matt
Reilly, Danny White (b. 1959), and Basia (b. 1959) a place in the musical
firmament. Such tracks as “Whose Side are You On?”, “Matt's Mood”, and “Half a
Minute”—with jazzy bass and horns, funky piano slicks, Latin American
percussion, and youthful vocal harmonies—thrilled and captivated listeners with
an innovative sound that they had never heard before.
Matt Bianco's 1988 output, Mark Reilly and Mark Fisher (who had replaced Danny
White and Basia) transformed the band’s Latin/jazz sound into an even more
sophisticated amalgam of high-tech dance, salsa, R&B, and rap beats and tight
vocal harmonies. The best cuts—the up tempo “Don't Blame it on That Girl” and
“Good Times”, and the Brazilian-tinged ballads “Hanging On” and “Say It's Not
Too Late”—are pumped with pleasant riots of brass, percussion, keyboards, and
Mr. Reilly’s urbane vocals.
Another Time Another Place
with the joyous “Our Love”, the band's 1993 release—their fifth—contains the
happiest of all of Matt’s moods, whether bouncy like “Buddy Love”, street-smart
like “Your Destiny”, or cozy like “Head Over Heels”. The album is also the
band's most confident to date, concatenating the classiest of their Latin, funk,
and jazz values with syncopated arrangements and catchy melodies. Check out the
stunningly elegant “You and I”.