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MP3 Solid Steel - Three
An all-acoustic steel drum trio featuring virtuoso pan playing on an imaginative range of traditional and modern covers.
12 MP3 Songs
WORLD: Caribbean, FOLK: Jazzy folk
Recorded in late 2007 Solid Steel’s debut CD, ‘Three’, was conceived as a tribute to the small genre from which it comes and to those that pioneered it . That genre is the all-acoustic three piece steel band or ‘steel trio’ as it is better known.
In the fifties, newly arrived Trinidadian musicians Russ Henderson, Sterling Betancourt and Max Cherrie first introduced the steel drum to the British in a trio format that would have been unfamiliar even in their homeland. Fifty years on and both the format (and the founders!) are still going strong! Dozens of these bands regularly work ‘live’ in the UK and Solid Steel are amongst the most well known.
The band’s line-up features the virtuoso pan playing and vocal talents of British born Thomas Alleyne, Dennis Davis and Paul Cherrie, playing a very ‘live’ sounding set in a studio.
‘Three’ features a mix of traditional Caribbean material and old standards which are still popular amongst the players on their gig circuit plus a couple of covers of some recent songs and the self-penned tribute calypso title track.
Never before has such a small steel band released a CD, and after listening to Solid Steel’s beautiful sound, pan aficionados and those previously unmoved by the instrument will be left wondering why.
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