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The Big Apple goes tropical

By Matt Balitsaris & Loose Shoes

Palmetto Records: 1993

This review first appeared in the Sept. 3, 1993 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

Loose Shoes plays a kind of New York island music, what you might get if Manhattan was in the tropics.

The result is a cross between Jimmy Buffett's sun-soaked Caribbean rock and the West Coast smooth jazz of Fattburger. Latin and African rhythms and themes are cross-pollinated with East Coast urban equivalents. Or maybe a better point of comparison would be Ralph MacDonald, the jazz percussionist who melds Third World rhythms with American melodies.

Comparisons aside, those who enjoy smooth jazz with a strong beat are likely to enjoy Loose Shoes.