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Andy Narell and Calypsociation: The Passage

From its rough-and-tumble beginnings amid the island of Trinidad’s oil industry, the steel pan arose to become one of the few musical instruments to be developed in the Western Hemisphere in the 20th century. Like its Jamaican counterpart, reggae, steel-pan music has transcended the borders of the Caribbean and attracted devotees the world over. Also like reggae, pan music has broadened its tonal range to encompass a wide range of genres, not least of all jazz.

Into this rubric steps Andy Narell with an album that epitomizes the international nature of the pan-jazz phenomenon. Recorded in locales as diverse as Paris, New York City and Johannesburg, South Africa, The Passage showcases the “Stickman” continuing this process of entwining pans with jazz rhythms, this time with Calypsociation, a 30-piece French steel-pan orchestra.

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