Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 9th 2017 Contents Three pieces on the album
were introduced in the 2014-16
Panoramas: We Kinda Music, Pan
Magic and Dis 1.4. Raf.
None are recycled.
Narell rebuilds these songs from
their base so we could dance.
Sometimes you get the feeling of
the rush of blood to the head. It’s
as if he’s made little corrections
like someone restoring a painting.
What can we make better? You’re
so into the music you hardy wrap
your head around the percussion.
One is left to wonder if Narell had
more technical ability, what a
menace to the society of music he
would be. But he already has that
That Narell is in touch with
his inner child brings a tad more
craziness, in a good way. It’s
exciting, his choreography of the
Sometimes, artistes need to be
truthful to the heart by taking the
work above the top.
The first cut delivers We Kinda
Music, and it leans toward us as a
tree swayed by the wind. No matter
the style of his musical fantasy
genre, Narell brings it a whole
new resurgence of experience
and vision. A whole new area of
creativity and drama.
A stylish range of jewelry, really.
Abacoco reflects on Ambakoko
beach in Laborie, St Lucia, where
Narell and Anita Bonan, his
extremely resourceful panist wife
and videographer, call home, aside
from their Parisian digs.
Abacoco lands as music on a
quiet song. Hear Isaac Narell’s
embellishment on tenor sax; how
it accentuates the architectural
features of a tune that warbles. Like
the assortment of birds trilling in
the opening stanza of Jungle Music,
one of the best works, if not the
best, on the album.
This wonderful life establishes
the beauty of the wild, all the while
pleasuring or piquing your interest
in what Narell is up to. Then flying
off into a poem of sorts with the
sound of a ping pong at birth. Such
a nice touch.
Featuring Great Animal
Orchestra, and Jesus Diaz on conga
and percussion, Jungle Music
relaxes the soul, leaving you to
ponder on the magic of it all, as in,
How did we get here?
Narell doesn’t miss a beat, you
Pan Magic could be a tribute to
calypsonian Lord Kitchener, but
it could be all about Narell’s and
Kitchener’s inimitable styles.
Walk back to Coffee Street or dig
up the Songlines, an atmospheric
and self-analysing fave that an
aficionado friend hopes to take to
Pan magic means all that and
In a different age, Pan Magic
would tell the story about
Kitchener and Renegades’ arranger
Jit Samaroo. When he was told
that Samaroo had accumulated
Panorama victories with his
calypsoes, Kitchener was shocked.
“I never met the man,” he told this
writer. “I don’t know who he is, but
I’ll continue making songs just for
him because he likes my music.”
In the age of Narell, Kitchener
might have mused silently about
the American Caribbean man.
“I don’t need to write for the
gentleman. His magic speaks for
Speaking of which, Etude for
Ellie (Dr Elliott “Ellie” Mannette) is
a sampled triple guitar played on a
keyboard. There are no overdubs.
To play it live on triple guitar,
Narell would’ve required six or
Étude in classical music is a short
composition for a solo instrument,
especially one designed as an
exercise, or exploiting technical
virtuosity. Right up Narell’s alley.
“Triple guitar is Ellie’s favorite
instrument to play,” Narell says.
“What’s amazing is that, at 90,
he’s still practicing and improving.
He’s the only person I know who
uses that instrument to play solo
pieces, accompanying himself the
way the rest of us (Narell himself,
Robert Greenidge, Boogsie Sharpe
and Ray Holman) do on the double
When Mannette heard the first
version of the etude, he fell on the
floor, Narell recalls.
“I couldn’t believe what one pan
was capable of doing with this new
tool. So it was logical to dedicate
this song to him (Mannette).”
Other sampled pans on the
album includes Jungle Music,
notwithstanding a relic of a tenor
pan taking you back in time.
Sampled instruments can be
combined in various ways. For
example, a section of tenor pans,
a section of bass pans, and so on.
Even an entire steel band.
“Actually, there’s a story here,”
Narell lets on, “but not the one you
think. I’m working on a project
with Ellie and Darren Dyke (one
of the tuners he’s trained). We are
sampling the whole steel band,
one note at a time, to create virtual
instruments of Ellie’s instruments.
It’s a project we’ve been working
on for a couple of years and it’s
almost ready to be released as a
“In order to create a virtual
instrument, first I record every
note on the pan at every possible
volume. On average that’s about
35 versions of each note. Each
recording of each note is called a
“So a complete instrument
(three octaves, for example, for
a double second) will consist of
more than 1,000 samples. We edit
the samples so they all have the
same attack, and create a list from
softest to loudest, then load it into
a Kontakt Player. From there I
make adjustments, note by note, to
create a balanced instrument.
“Then I can play it on a midi
keyboard, like my Yamaha digital
It must be in his DNA, Narell’s
experiments. After all, he’s a chip
off the forefathers’ block. Inventors
Neville Jules, Mannette, Anthony
Williams, Bertie Marshall and such
others having paved the way.
Ah, pan, wondrous pan. We
We Kinda Music is available at www.
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Etude for Ellie is a tribute by Narell to legendary pan tuner Ellie Mannette.
‘Narell doesn’t miss a beat’
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