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Etienne Charles: Folklore

Trinidad native and Juilliard-trained trumpeter Etienne Charles artfully and organically blends Afro-Caribbean folkloric music and jazz improvisation on his second recording as a leader. With a lineup of international all-stars including Guadeloupean tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Serbian pianist Milan Milanović, Trinidadian steel pans player Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, veteran percussionist Ralph MacDonald and the powerful rhythm tandem of bassist Luques Curtis and the extraordinary young drummer Obed Calvaire, Charles establishes the rich premise on the opening title track then explores the fusion further on a suite of music based on West African-Caribbean mythology.

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