- Gypsy Kings Medley
Fly Me To The Moon
- I Got You (I Feel Good)
Pan of the 21st Century
- Cheek to Cheek
Master Blaster (Jammin)
- Iíll Remember April
- My Cherie Amour
- Got To Be Real
- When You Wish Upon Star
Olí Lady Walk A Mile
Feelin' Good is Panazz Players Steelband's pop release
featuring guests playing the Sax and Piano on compositions from
James Brown, Kitchener, Steve Wonder, Irving Berlin all on eleven
tracks. On Feelin' Good the listener feels the same high energy
joyfulness one experiences watching them on stage. Pan of the 21st
Century brings this out the most.
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Panazz is an object lesson in how small is beautiful. This ten-member
Trinidad and Tobago group - pans plus percussion - has graduated from the
competition culture in which most pan ensembles are stuck, to become a
professional performing unit. It has left behind the 100-player musical
mammoths to develop a fluent, sophisticated style that can range from
calypso through jazz to contemporary hits.
The playing is as musical as you'll find in a tradition where raw
talent is more familiar than subtlety: these are players who don't beat
all the ugly harmonics out of their instruments, who can ramajay with
style and humor, who don't play sempre fortissimo, and who care about good
After their first two albums, which established a solid reputation, the
players are joined on Feelin' Good by Barbadian sax player Arturo Tappin,
Ralph Davies on keyboards and Stanley Ruiz on guitar. The 11 tracks do not
feature much Caribbean material - only two stylish Kitchener numbers (Pan
Of The 21st Century and Ol' Lady Walk A Mile), which will disappoint some
Panazz fans. The rest are jazz standards (Cheek To Cheek, I'll Remember
April), plus familiar pieces from James Brown, Gypsy Kings and Stevie
Wonder. Nice versions of well-traveled tunes - but there's so much
Caribbean material crying out for the Panazz treatment. (JT/eC)
from the BankBoston Celebrity Series
Panazz is the leading small band ensemble in Trinidad and Tobago, the islands which gave birth to the
steelband. Led by their arranger, Barry Bartholomew, this exciting band has captivated audiences with their musicianship and flair for spontaneity
There is a tremendous rapport among the players, whose technique and dynamics
are absolutely superb. Indeed, solo performances by all the players betray a
musicianship which reflects the talent of some of the best players in the land.
Four-time winners of the prestigious Pan Ramajay competition for small bands in
Trinidad and Tobago (the first time playing as Potential Symphony), Panazz is a
title derived for Pan and jazz, and expresses the musical interest of these
young musicians who have a flair, not only for the indigenous calypso music of
the island, but especially for the jazz idiom.
Internationally, Panazz has most recently participated in the BankBoston
Celebrity Series at Symphony Hall in March 1997. Prior to this, Panazz performed
for the United Nations in Japan in November 1996. Other performances include
World Travel Market Exposition at Earl's Court, London in November 1995; the
Africa in April celebrations, Memphis, TN in April 1996; and Pigeon Island, St.
Lucia for the 1996 Jazz Festival. The band performs continually for several
corporate organizations and other gala events.
Their first album, entitled Steel Pan Music, is pan at its very best, from
the jazzy rendition of Bizet's semi-classical Carmen to a Latin version of
Aldwyn Roberts' calypso Iron Man, as interpreted by Ramsey Lewis and Raf
Robertson respectively, two of the band's favorite musical artists.
The second CD, newly released, is entitled Panazz Live, and was recorded at
the band's annual concert in Trinidad at Central Bank Auditorium. It captures the spontaneity of a live performance
interaction. Panazz performed for TIDCO at MIDEM in Miami in September 1997,
where for the first time MIDEM showcased Caribbean and Latin American music.
From this performance, Panazz secured a contract and performed at Epcot Center
in Disney World. The band has been described by the Barbados Advocate as "a
veritable potpourri of musical gems."