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Andy Narell

Andy Narell

When pioneering steel pan musician Andy Narell began playing about 37 years ago in New York, there weren’t many players to emulate. Narell further cast out competition when he began to merge Afro-Caribbean themes with jazz.

Carving out his own niche, the Bay-area musician has accrued nine albums as leader, plus two co-led with Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Samuels as the Caribbean Jazz Project. Narell’s ninth album, Behind the Bridge, is an enhanced CD that’s his most intimate and natural session.

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