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Published on April 21st, 2013 | by David Cuffy - Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Codrington Pan Family stars in ‘An Evening of Music’

The musical artistry exhibited by the Codrington Pan Family was the highlight of An Evening of Music presented by music band Rick G and Friends at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, on Friday night. Cary Codrington, his wife Karen, and children Kareem, Khari, Kaijah, Keisha, Kamau and Kizzi, appearing as guest artistes on the playbill, displayed their virtuoso skills on a range of instruments that included saxophone, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, percussion and steelpan.

The group held the small audience captive throughout a thickly orchestrated six-song set that opened with the vintage Georgia On My Mind and ended with the classic Old Lady Walk A Mile. In a showcase of abundant versatility, some members seamlessly switched between instruments during the performance without causing any interruption to the harmonic elements and rhythmic structure of the music. The sustained applause earned at the conclusion of the contribution was validation that the group had snatched the night’s honours from the host band.

Rick G and Friends, led by guitarist Richard Gaskin, delivered its repertoire in classic big band style with a distinct Caribbean flavour. The big band era began in the late 1930s when the musical sound was called swing and orchestra leaders in William “Count” Basie and Duke Ellington. The name swing came from the phrase swing feel where the emphasis was on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music and bands featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement.

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