Panoramic: Panoramic - Rhythm Through the Unobstructed View (2006)
Listening to Rhythm Through the Unobstructed View, you get the feeling that Teague and his Panoramic co-founder, Robert Chappell (piano, marimba, vibes, tablas), might just have the right stuff to take the pan to a Piazzollian level.
The pan's sound has a bright, ringing quality in front of bubbling world beat rhythms, making for an infectiously danceable listening experience. The disc opens with "Panoramic," in a calypso mode, then slips into "Orlando's Cha-Cha," featuring Orlando Cotto on marimba churning out three Afro-Cuban rhythms at once, with Doug Stone adding a straight-ahead jazz tint to the mix on saxophone. "Chant" brings in an Indian rhythm. "Pearl" floats gently in a bossa/samba mode; and the closer, the Brazilian tune "Calcados Feliz" ("Happy Footwear"), burbles and soars, with Doug Stone on sax blowing into a brief "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" riff near the end.
This very upbeat, beautifully engaging mix of sounds from Trinidad, Cuba, Brazil, Africa, India and the US is an auspicious debut.
Track Listing: Panoramic; Orlando's Cha-Cha; Ivory Coast; 88 Degrees in the Shade; Pearls; Nikkara; Calcados Feliz.
Personnel: Liam Teague: steel pan; Robert Chappell: piano, marimba, vibes, tabla; Orlando Cotto: congas; Doug Stone: saxophones; Phil Beale: drum set; Joshua Ramos: bass.
Record Label: Rhythmic Union Records