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It is being acclaimed as one of the best engi-
neered pan CDs ever produced. The Best of
Panazz CD has been reworked and rebranded, is
about to launched on the market and is a perfect
gift for Christmas.
Says Panazz Players musical director Barry
Bartholomew: "This product has been reproduced
in new clothes, with high-level sound quality and
content. The most significant features of this CD
include the fact that it was a pan recording done
with the instruments placed individually in separate
recording booths, the way recordings are done
"Unfortunately, Amar s studio (Caribbean Sound
Basin) is now closed and there is no facility as
large as that to facilitate an entire steel orchestra."
Bartholomew said: "My intent was to give this
the best sound quality possible on a pan recording.
In this regard I must compliment Sean Poland,
who did the remixing and reediting on the Best
of Panazz, and Martin Mice Raymond who put
his magic touch on remastering the product."
Formed in 1992, Panazz Players comprised
Natasha Joseph and Johan Popwell (double seconds);
Sheldon Webster (tenor); Dance Gulston (tenor);
Nigel Williams (triple guitar); Donnel Thomas (six
bass); Felix Walcott (six bass); Richard Joseph
(drums); Sean Blackman and Ernesto Garcia (con-
gas); Keith Coombs (percussion); and, Bartholomew
Critical to the Panazz sound are Robin Foster,
recording engineer of its Live and Feelin Good
CDs, and Sean Poland who recorded its fourth
Christmas CD, Wrap It Up.
Having won four consecutive editions of Pan
Ramajay, the members of Panazz went on tour to
spread the pan jazz to the world, their travels taking
them across the US, to the UK, Japan and the
Caribbean. The ensemble also made two consec-
utive appearances at the prestigious St Lucia Jazz
Festival. One of Panazz s most memorable per-
formances was at the Boston Symphony Hall, with
guest saxophonist Arturo Tappin.
"I honestly believe this work could become as
popular as say the Naparima Girls Cookbook which
every true Trini has a copy of."
Dr Kim Johnson, whose Pan! Our Musical
Odyssey movie is currently being screened nation-
wide and receiving rave reviews, said of the CD:
"This CD reproduces with an unprecedented fideli-
ty; Panazz, the band which preserved into the 21st
century the excitement of pan in its golden years,
when people partied to pan, danced to pan, fell
in love with pan."
Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, leader/arranger of Nation-
al Panorama champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan
Groove, said: "This is music for life...just
Also adding kudos was Japanese engineer Yoichi
Watanabe, who said: "There is an impressive sound
on this recording. My side of the world needs more
bands like this."
Bartholomew said the new repackaged CD will
be in stores from December 1.
The Best of Panazz
A CD/DVD box set of the crit-
film Pan! Our Music Odyssey went
on sale yesterday, Thursday, at
major music and bookshops across
The DVD features the ground-
breaking 85-minute docu-fiction
that blends a fictional account of
the adventures of some of steelpan s
young creators 70 years ago with
the real-life stories of musicians
who come from all over the world
every year to be part of the Panora-
The box set also includes a CD
featuring the soundtrack for the
Pan! Our Music Odyssey just
completed a two-week run at local
cinemas across the country and is
also making the rounds of film fes-
tivals in Europe.
The film is the first of its kind,
which celebrates not only the inter-
national musical triumph that is the
steelpan, but the spirit of adventure
and the power of imagination of the
young men who were involved in
its creation 70 years ago.
The Incredible Myron B will
celebrate a decade in soca parang
on Sunday with a Christmas con-
cert in his hometown of Maraval.
The Celebrate 10 Christmas
Concert will be held from 6 pm
at Maraval Community Centre and
will feature Myron with his full
band alongside veterans Kenny J,
Crazy and H2O Phlo among oth-
ers.Myron B, real name Myron
Bruce, said the event, which will
also feature a live parang band, will
be the perfect way for families to
get into the spirit of the season.
"I m celebrating a decade of soca
parang music and I wanted to share
that experience with my commu-
nity. Luckily I ve been able to get
some of my friends in the genre
on board and we ve really worked
hard to put together a memorable
show for the people," Bruce said
of the event.
Tickets for the Celebrate 10 con-
cert are priced at $100. For book-
ings, call the ticket hotlines at 221-
2252, 353-6915 or 795-0370.
The Incredible Myron B 2014
Christmas album Celebrate 10
is now available at record shops
nationwide, as well as for
download on his Web site
Pan journey continues
marks 10 years
The cover of the remixed and remastered Best of
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