Jazz and Caribbean Music Are One and the Same

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Thursday March 21, 2019

From The New York Times

For Etienne Charles, Jazz and Caribbean Music Are One and the Same
By: Giovanni Russonello

[…] Mr. Charles, 35, has been uniting Trinidadian methods with jazz ideas since he moved to the United States in 2002. He’s found that if you let them, they combine organically. Along the way, Mr. Charles has developed a magnetic sound on trumpet ‘” clear and mellifluous, with a deep sense of economy; redolent of both Roy Hargrove and Chocolate Armenteros ‘” and he’s becoming a composer to be reckoned with. Last year he became the newest member of the SFJAZZ Collective, contemporary jazz’s premier all-star band.

On Friday he will release Carnival: The Sound of a People, Vol. 1, his most invigorating record yet. It grew out of trips home during Trinidad’s spring Carnival ‘” an annual festival of parades and performances, with deep but still-vital roots in West African tradition. Its dances and songs peer back across centuries, into the years of black indentured servitude, slavery and, ultimately, freedom on the other side of the Atlantic.

[…] ‘People ask me how I think about the difference between jazz and Caribbean music, but jazz is Caribbean music,’ Mr. Charles said. ‘When I started writing the music for ‘Culture Shock,’ I thought that there was a difference, and that there was actual integration or fusion going on,’ he said, referring to his debut record from 2006. ‘By the time I got to ‘Creole Soul’‘ ‘” from 2013 ‘” ‘I had realized that the diaspora is just one.’

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