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Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

Extensive jazz scholarship can frequently result in music that is stuffy, stilted or just too precise. But in the case of Etienne Charles, it has helped him masterfully hone and integrate a project that could have easily been too arbitrary and unwieldy: showcasing “soul music that is Creole at heart.” Charles, who studied under renowned … Read More “Etienne Charles: Creole Soul”

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Etienne Charles: Kaiso

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 … Read More “Etienne Charles: Kaiso”

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