Clyde 'Lightning' George and Edwin 'Crazy' Ayoung have created this CD together with Clyde's Chicago trio, Steelin' Jazz. Lightning and Crazy grew up in the same area of Port of Spain, Trinidad. They share the same rich cultural diversity that makes Trinidad such an amazing place for music.
For this collection, he has gone back to recording most of the parts himself, with a little help from flutist Richard Warner on a couple of songs. The content is, on average, lighter and has a bit more commercial appeal his previous material.
Gary Gibson's second CD project, titled "CounterMelodies," is along the same lines as his first project, "My Two Cents", with the addition of several special guests, including saxophonist Richard Cole, clarinetist Hans Teuber, flutist Richard Warner, Brazilian guitarist Marco de Cavalho, bassists Doug Miller and David Pascal, and more!
As Dave Hoekstra, music critic of the Chicago Sun Times, wrote "Lightning effortlessly weaves a gentle calypso beat between the hard-bitten notes of the jazzmen. Calypso and jazz are an unusual blend, but then Lightning is a free bird and one of a handful of panmen who uses 3 or 4 sticks while playing, which adds to his quicknes."
"Lornabarret" is by steelpan combo Callaloo, previously known as The Pantastic 4, a group which fronts steel pans and marimba as the melodic voices, accompanied by guitar, bass, and drums. The 12 original compositions by Scott Johnson are written in Latin and Caribbean styles and have simple but catchy melodies. All but one of the tunes has a section for...