is a UK group formed in 1982 by Mark Reilly
(vocals), Danny White
(keyboards) and the late Kito Poncioni
(bass) , all originally members of the band Blue Rondo A La Turk
. For their first album "Whose Side Are You On?"
they hired unknown polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska
. Her vocal arrangements gave the album a jazzy dimension that Reilly and White couldn't anticipate and hits like "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed"
and "Half a Minute"
turned Matt Bianco
into one of the biggest acts of the 1980s. The bands name suggests that Matt Bianco
is a personal name, but Matt Bianco
is a fictitious character they invented from the spy, secret agent world that laid the concept for their music and imagery. "We loved spy TV themes and film scores from the 50s/60s/70s" said Mark Reilly
and Danny White
left the group after the first album to pursue a solo-career with Sony under the name Basia
. Mark Reilly
now without a musical partner found keyboard player and session musician Mark Fisher
and recorded the next (self titled) Matt Bianco
album which included the big hit "Yeah Yeah"
, followed up by a European tour that saw them perform in front of more than 250,000 people.
Now Matt Bianco
was a household name in Europe and Warner Brothers thought it was time to get them into the U.S. market. In 1988 they hired Gloria Estefan
's husband and producer Emilio Estefan
and recorded the album "Indigo"
, which included the singles "Don't Blame It On That Girl"
and "Good Times"
. Another song "Wap Bam Boogie"
became European dance single of the year.
After another album with Warner Brothers - "Samba In Your Casa"
split from their record company and went freelance. From now on they would record their albums in their own studios and then offer them to independent distributors worldwide. This way they had total artistic freedom but still scored contracts with ZYX Music ,Intercord in Europe and JVC-Victor in Asia. They created a loyal fan base in Japan and the rest of Asia with the albums "Another Time Another Place"
, "Gran Via"
, "A/ Collection
with great success. Basia
and Danny White
joined with Mark Reilly
to reform the original Matt Bianco
in 2003, after 20 years apart. In 2004, Matt Bianco
released the album "Matt's Mood"
on Universal Records. The following year they embarked on a world tour which included stops in the UK, Japan, and the United States.
In 2009 Mark Reilly
and Mark Fisher
joined forces again and released the album "HiFi Bossanova"
on the German label Edel, their first studio album together for 7 years. They went on to perform concerts and jazz festivals worldwide and in 2012 released the album entitled "Hideaway"
looking to expand his creative outlook now teamed up with the Dutch band New Cool Collective
to make a collaboration album called "The Things You Love"
(New Cool Collective - Mark Reilly/Matt Bianco
) which along with concerts all over Holland has been very well received on it's release in November 2015 .The album had a Worldwide release with JVC/Edel and a tour started in March 2016 carrying on into 2017 with great success.Mark Reilly
is looking forward to the next chapter of Matt Bianco
after the sad loss of his long term partner Mark Fisher
A new Matt Bianco
album nears completion featuring a new band of musicians from the Jazz world. The new album was recorded in Brixton London and Stockholm with collaborations from Jazz saxophonists Dave O'Higgins
and Magnus Lindgren
, mixed by Mark in his studio in London.
The new album "Gravity"
is available now on CD + Download.