"As part of EM Records' ongoing "Steel Pan Series", here is Friends and Countrymen by Earl Rodney - the first-ever solo album from a Trinidadian steel pan player. This reissue of the original 1973 LP, recorded in New York City by Rodney and fellow expatriate Trinidadians, is a rootsy stew of Caribbean, Afro-Yoruba and funk influences. Heavy, propulsive and deep, driven by island percussion and funky bass, peppered by the imaginative phrasing of steel pan veteran Rodney, with slatherings of horns and wicked wah-wah guitar, this is a revolutionary release, fusion in the best sense of the word. Earl Rodney has been involved with the steel pans almost since the inception of the instrument, playing since he was 4 years old. An important voice in Trinidadian music, he arranged and played in award-winning performances at Trinidad's "Panorama" festival in 1968, 1971 and 1972, and served as musical director for Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow. However, seeking artistic growth and freedom, he emigrated to the United States; on Friends And Countrymen you can hear and enjoy the results. Joining Rodney on this release are a number of powerhouse veterans from Trinidad including Fortunia Louis Ruiz on trumpet, trombonist Oxley Caballero, and master bassist Johnny Cayenne." (label info)
in stock | JP| 2008| EM RECORDS | 16.90

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