Etienne Charles: Trumpet's First Chantwell
But Creole Soul isn't just limited to Caribbean traditions, Etienne Charles also shows that he is adept to modern compositional tools as well. "I wrote the bass line for 'The Folks' with a twelve-tone row," explains Charles. "I kind of hid in a way that makes it normal to hear. I wrote it from three formal patterns C, G, B, Eb, then Ab, Bb, Db, F, and then F#, E, A, B. So it's three sets of tones of four that don't repeat themselves. Then I put chords to it that would naturally work harmonically so they completely conceal the fact that the bass line is [based] from a twelve-tone row. That's basically a conversation between two peoplemy parents. The way the melody works, they move parallel, then contrary, then they move parallel again. It's about how two people move and live together."
Etienne Charles, Creole Soul (Culture Shock, 2013)
Etienne Charles, Kaiso (Culture Shock, 2011)
Etienne Charles, Folklore (Self Produced, 2009)
Scotty Barnhart, Say it Plain (Dig Music, 2009)
Cynthia Scott. Dream for One Bright World (CDBY, 2009)
Ralph McDonald, Mixty Motions (CDBY, 2008)
Etienne Charles, Culture Shock (Self Produced, 2006).
Courtesy of Etienne Charles