Mezzoforte (Icelandic band)

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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 fourth album (second international release) Surprise Surprise. It peaked at number 17 in the UK Singles Chart. 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 lower speed than the original, apparently as he had learned the track from the single played at the wrong speed. Another single, "Rockall" spent one week at number 75 in the same listing in June that year, and was used as a signature tune by several European radio chart shows.

The band was named after the traditional musical term mezzo forte, an instruction to play literally "moderately loud".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Mezzoforte 1
1982 Surprise Surprise 4 2
1984 Observations 2
1986 No Limits 2 4
1990 Playing for Time 1
1994 Daybreak 1
1996 Monkey Fields 2
1996 Octopus 1
1996 Rising 1
2007 Forward Motion 1
2007 Anniversary Edition 1
2010 Volcanic 1
2012 Islands 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Catching Up With Mezzoforte 1
1991 Fortissimos 1
1999 Garden Party Time - The Best of Mezzoforte 1
2001 The Very Best Of 1
Fortissimos 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Live in Reykjavik 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Garden Party 1
1994 Garden Party: Remix '94 1

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