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Jun 26, 2016
USA - You wouldn’t think there’d be much use for a steel pan player in jazz other than light, spare accompaniment or a special effect in one encore. Leon Foster Thomas changes the game for all steel pan players few and far between on yet another nervy, yet highly musical album, Metamorphosis on Ropeadope Records (June 3, 2016).

Originally from Trinidad Tobago, the Miami-based Foster Thomas isn’t alone in his steel pan jazz adventure. He goes on a fun tear on eight originals and one cover of Procol Harum’s 1967 rock classic, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” with the likes of trumpeter/EVI player John Daversa, percussionist Sammy Figueroa, tenor saxophonist/flutist David Palma, guitarist Fernando Ulibarri, bassist Kurt Hengstebeck, pianist Martin Bejerano, drummer Michael Piolet, and trumpeter Jean Caze.

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Jun 27, 2016

Earl Rodney - Steel Band Music - Calypso Trex