239

Andy Narell: Fire In The Engine Room

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Like his two recent albums with The Caribbean Project, Andy Narell’s latest brings gentle tropic breezes and smooth dance rhythms into your living room. Including a one-minute video of the Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra at last year’s Trinidad Panorama, this enhanced CD works either on a MAC or PC. An annual "battle of the bands" contest, the Panorama brings out steel drummers from all over.

Andy Narell is not a native of the Caribbean. Born in New York, he was introduced to the steel pan by his father at an early age. The CD includes two thorough biographical essays, 14 session photos featuring the album’s musicians, and, of course, the music. The session is arranged so that Narell remains at center stage, front, while brief solo sections are provided by piano, electric bass and guitar. The program contains bright spots, such as Louis Mhlanaga’s hot guitar solo on "Appreciation" and Dario Eskenazi’s delicious piano interlude on "Stutter Step." This final piece moves unpredictably, bringing in a significant sense of adventure. The remainder of the album, while providing enjoyable Caribbean dance music, features Narell’s steel pans in a lyrical rendering of smooth melodies and consonance.

Track Listing: Chakalaka; Unusual Bird; Coffee Street; Blue Mazooka; The Long Way Back; Tabanca; Appreciation; Stutter Step.Collective

Personnel: Andy Narell- steel pans, piano, keyboards; Dario Eskenazi, Mario Canonge- piano; Louis Mhlanaga- electric guitar; Oscar Stagnaro, Keith Jones, Michel Alibo- electric bass; Mark Walker, Paul van Wageningen, Jean Philippe Fanfant- drums; Jesus Diaz, Luis Conte- congas, timbales, percussion.

| Record Label: Heads Up International | Style: Contemporary/Smooth


Shop

More Articles

Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert CD/LP/Track Review Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Failure of Words CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "Purple Patio" CD/LP/Track Review Purple Patio
by John Sharpe
Published: October 1, 2016
Read "Time on My Hands" CD/LP/Track Review Time on My Hands
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left" CD/LP/Track Review Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 15, 2017
Read "Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works" CD/LP/Track Review Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 4, 2017
Read "Pigs & Fairies" CD/LP/Track Review Pigs & Fairies
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Manovuotometro" CD/LP/Track Review Manovuotometro
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 24, 2016
comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!