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Published on April 1st, 2013 | by simeon sandiford

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Ace of Spades Number Nine – Etienne Charles Folklore

By mimicking a blazing-hot wood fire, Ace trumpeter Etienne Charles has devised an unorthodox but ingenious way to create an exquisite brew. Acoustic bassist Ben Williams is his sizzling iron pot, the form that moulds a sterling cast of brilliant musicians who manipulate ingredients that are the very heartbeat of the cultural facets of Trinidad and Tobago.

Papa Bois, doubles, crab & dumplings, Calypso, blue Devil, bake & shark, Pan and Orisha create a distinctive aroma that is deftly punctuated by the fragrance of Angostura aromatic bitters – Trinbagonian Jazz.

As part of his citation on June 05, 2012, the Hon. Howard L. Berman of California in the House of Representatives narrated “In his latest opus, Kaiso, this Trinidadian trumpet maestro, Etienne Charles, cooks up an ambrosial bouillabaisse of New World music genres, with jazz and calypso genres standing out as piquant flavors.”

Kaiso is one of three CDs, another being Folklore. The only critique that audiophiles may wish to proffer relates to the first track on the third in which the cymbals seem to have been mixed ‘in yuh face.’ Etienne has appropriately named this track and the album Culture Shock!

The collection is my unequivocal choice as Ace of Spades number nine. The  beauty of this series will only be fully appreciated when auditioned in its entirety. Acquisition of only part of it will adversely affect the overall impact.

Simeon L. Sandiford
Managing Director


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