Matt Bianco

Genres: Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This UK jazz pop act was formed in 1984 by ex-Blue Rondo A La Turk members Mark Reilly (20 February 1960, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England; vocals) and Daniel White (b. 26 August 1959, Hertfordshire, England; keyboards), with Basia (b. Basha Trzetrzelewska, 30 September 1959, Jaworzno, Galica, Poland; vocals). They emerged in the latter part of the UK jazz pop scene in the early 80s, alongside other acts such as Sade and Animal Nightlife. Signed to the WEA Records distributed YZ label, they achieved a run of UK hits in 1984 with the breezy, samba-laced ‘Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed’ (number 15), ‘Sneaking Out The Back Door’/‘Matt’s Mood’ (number 44), ‘Half A Minute’ (number 23). The following year a cover version of Georgie Fame’s ‘Yeh Yeh’ reached number 13. The initial employment of various session musicians was abandoned in favour of a full-time band, taking on keyboard player Mark Fisher (who...

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