Trumpeter and flugelhorn player Etienne Charles’ third recording marks another chapter in his engagement with the music and culture of his homeland, Trinidad. Kaiso-a term originating in Nigeria as a form of encouragement to artists-is a style that has come to be identified with calypso. The album delves into classic calypso, focusing on three prominent performers: Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow and Roaring Lion. Charles and his bandmates, a core sextet plus guests and orchestra, effortlessly fuse this popular Caribbean music with a jazz aesthetic, paying homage while pushing forward. A mix of uptempo burners and slower, soulful tunes, the album explores the range and thematic depth of calypso, from carnival to romance, lost love and sociopolitical concerns.
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