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Mezzoforte - Surprise Surprise (1983)














Artist:  Mezzoforte
Title:  Surprise Surprise
Release:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Jump Shout Records
Catalog#  JS 3301

Mezzoforte is an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band from Iceland, formed in 1977.
They signed a record deal with Icelandic label Steinar. Their biggest hit single was “Garden Party” (1983), taken from their second album “Surprise Surprise”. The famous solo that takes place two minutes into “Garden Party”, was created and played on the flugelhorn by English trumpeter, Stephen Dawson. “Garden Party” was later covered by Herb Alpert, at a slower speed than the original, apparently as he had learned the track from the single played at the wrong speed. The band was named after the traditional musical term mezzo forte, an instruction to play literally “moderately loud”.


Side one
1.  Surprise  (1:25)
2.  Garden Party  (6:00)
3.  Gazing At The Clouds  (6:30)
4.  Early Autumn  (6:17)
5.  Action Man  (4:58)

Side two
1.  Funk Suite No.1  (5:49)
2.  Easy Jack  (4:45)
3.  Fusion Blues  (5:40)
4.  The Old Neighborhood  (5:32)
5.  Surprise, Reprise  (0:50)

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