What Pan Did for Me

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Rudy ”Twoleft” Smith is a legendary figure in the world of steel pan and steelband.This album, What Pan Did For Me, offers samples of his many musical faces: the pan man, the jazz musician, the arranger, the pan tuner, the tune smith…Rudy’s life covers most of the development of steel pan as a tuned musical instrument.The first pans were made from biscuit tins and other metal containers and had but few notes.These were the first steel pans Rudy made and played as a very young boy.During the period 1945-55 the steel pan was gradually transformed into a set of instruments from treble to bass made from 55 gallon oil drums.The orchestra made up of steel pans became known as steelband.The original function of steelbands was to provide music for the masqueraders in the famous Trinidad carnival.The bands played the Trinidad calypso music, but very soon began playing other kinds of music.The U.S. had both a naval and air base in Trinidad.The G.I. audience was a different one than the local audience.And they could pay.With the “Yankees” departure in the late 1950s the steelbands had to look for new markets.As a teenager Rudy started to travel with the band Merrymakers, taking steelband to Europe in the wake of the 1950s calypso craze.
Item number CAP 21839
Barcode 7391782218398
Release date 4/28/2015
Category Contemporary Jazz
Number of units 1
Non-Classical Composer Smith, Rudy
Disc: 1
Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho (I've Got You, Cavaquinho)00:02:59
1 Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho (I've Got You, Cavaquinho) 00:02:59 Merrymakers
Take the "A" Train00:02:53
2 Take the "A" Train (Live) 00:02:55 Merrymakers
3 Otinku 00:03:54 Modern Sound Quintet
Sugar Daddy00:04:51
4 Sugar Daddy 00:04:51 Modern Sound Quintet
Third Call00:05:56
5 Third Call 00:05:56 Lars Sjosten Quartet
Sal Rabso00:05:01
6 Sal Rabso 00:05:01 Gracia
7 Elise 00:05:53 Rudy Smith Quartet
Pan in A Minor00:06:50
8 Pan in A Minor 00:06:50 Smith, Rudy Hot Pans Steelband Robert Munro and Friends
9 Asia 00:07:01 Rudy Smith Quartet
El Vito00:08:42
10 El Vito 00:08:42 Apetrea, Coste Rudy Smith Quartet
Be Bach00:04:13
11 Be Bach 00:04:13 Rudy Smith Quartet Copenhagen Steelband
Blues l'armoise00:04:49
12 Blues l'armoise 00:04:49 Rudy Smith Quartet
Happy's Story00:10:40
13 Happy's Story 00:10:40 Birdsong Steelband
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