Etienne Charles - Culture Shock (2006)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:11 | Size: 97.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Culture Shock(7:58)
2. Sunday(4:52)
3. Prayer for Lynette(8:29)
4. Ruth(5:34)
5. Lost in the Bronx(5:33)
6. Embraceable You(5:02)
7. Old School(4:43)

There is no use in trying to pigeonhole 2006 National Trumpet Competition winner Etienne Charles. One listen to his debut album Culture Shock shows the depth and breadth of his varied musical heritage. From the Calypso and Caribbean steel pan grooves of his native Trinidad, to sophisticated swing firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Charles deftly incorporates a multitude of styles while maintaining continuity, freshness, and maturity in his sound that is often lacking in other players of his generation. Twenty-three year old Etienne Charles comes from a rich legacy of musical tradition. His grandfather was seldom seen without his cuatro or guitar. His father Francis was a member of Phase II Pan Groove, one of the world's top steel bands and one that Etienne would later join himself. Music surrounded Charles as a child, emanating from his father's record collection, and the sounds of calypso, steel pan, and African shango and tassa drumming. These formative years inform Charles's playing and are evident in his sound today. Already Charles is a celebrated award-winning trumpeter.

At Fatima College in Trinidad, Charles was the first three-time winner of the coveted Provincial Cup, and was also the youngest person to ever receive the award at age 13. In 2002 he began his studies at Florida State University and in 2006 he graduated as Brautlecht Scholar of the College of Music, where he studied jazz with legendary pianist Marcus Roberts. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the Julliard School. Charles has been awarded the IAJE Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education and a Special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship. Charles is also an alumnus of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles where in 2006 he recorded on the album Elevation featuring Eddie Daniels and Tom Scott which received two Grammy award nominations. He has shared the stage with Grammy Award winners Roberta Flack and Ralph MacDonald, jazz piano great Marcus Roberts, Maria Schneider, Johnny Mandel, Rene Marie, Gerald Wilson, and a host of others. For his first album, Culture Shock, Charles assembled an outstanding and seasoned band of veteran musicians to help him bring his vision of jazz fused with Afro-Caribbean rhythms to fruition. The aforementioned pianist extraordinaire Marcus Roberts is featured, with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, Ralph MacDonald, vocalist Pam Laws, saxophonist Dayve Stewart, and the hard swinging and solid rhythm section of Rodney Jordan and Leon Anderson on bass and drums respectively. This all-star cast brings together Charles's diverse influences and creates a unified, fresh, and urgent musical presentation on par with the best jazz being made today. Etienne Charles is a talented, creative soul with a vision and the will to bring it to the world.

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