Wednesday, 21 February 2018
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Monday, 1 January 2018
Glass World Rudy Smith
- More Caribbean Playlist reviews appear in the January/February 2018 issue of Caribbean Beat magazine.
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Pan Roots Culture Kareem Thompson
Cé Biguine! Charlie Halloran
Electro Sax Elan Trotman
(Island Muzik Productions)
- More Caribbean Playlist reviews appear in the September/October 2017 issue of Caribbean Beat magazine.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Shades of Life Marvin Dolly
Sabiduría/Wisdom Eddie Palmieri
- More Caribbean Playlist reviews appear in the July/August 2017 issue of Caribbean Beat magazine.
|Machel Montano and Etienne Charles. Photo © 2016, Che Kothari|
The trumpet’s evolution and positioning as the symbol of jazz has a heritage marked by iconic figures throughout its history. Icons like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis represent a linear history. They also represent a shift from the working-class unschooled genius to the middle-class educated musician, who have paid their dues by apprenticeship. Charles, in this pantheon in the Caribbean context, represents the modern incarnation of the jazz musician taking his craft and skill to the world.
In the Caribbean, jazz does not have as high a profile as reggae, dancehall, calypso, or soca. Despite the region’s reputation for the once ubiquitous “jazz festival” — writer B.C. Pires noted back in 1993 that there were “more than 30 jazz festivals every year in the Caribbean and most Caribbean people have never been to one.” — these islands have not offered up many global stars in the modern jazz industry. Still, the most prolific modern recording artist in the Caribbean is Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander, with over fifty albums released around the world. It’s also noteworthy that Caribbean music and musicians figure prominently in the genesis of jazz music in America. Charles carries on the tradition of regional jazz musicians who have fused their native cultural influences, rhythms, and melodies with aspects of jazz harmony and improvisation to create something new.
Monday, 1 May 2017
Born to Shine Vaughnette Bigford
- More Caribbean Playlist reviews appear in the May/June 2017 issue of Caribbean Beat magazine.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Bright Eyes Victor Provost
- More Caribbean Playlist reviews appear in the March/April 2017 issue of Caribbean Beat magazine.