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The Four Pillars Of Steel... A Repertoire Championship 2011 -- Clive Bradley Arranger
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Many bands show greatness periodically but I must admit my bias for the consistency of Desperadoes. For decades they have proven superiority in tone production, arrangements and discipline. Ever since I heard their arrangement of Sparrow's Mr Walker decades ago, the unique runs of the cellos, the counter melody of the double seconds or tenors boy I instantly shifted from a starlift fan to a devout despers. Silver stars no doubt had a unique sound just like Cordettes and Invaders, also the outstanding concert performances by Pan am North stars and All stars cannot be ignored. The thing about despers whether a road side or stage they produce the same high quality of tones that can only come from pan. That's why I get disappointed when I hear Panorama bands hammering away and making sounds like trash cans. If despers can do it with the same number of players why cant everyone else? To prove my point observe the way despers members keep their hands inside the pans except for the bass or back line pans then go to the others and you can clearly see the sticks way up hitting with a force that will surely reduce the tonal quality of the arrangement. For example Observe Robert Greenidge with his lighting speed yet his hands are just inches away from the surface of the pan. Maybe the answer is in Panorama everybody wants to hear themselves regardless of teamwork but somehow Despers always seems to rise above that.. To prove my point go back and listen to Pan am North stars "the wedding" with Winnifred Atwell then pick your favorite panorama production and compare.. Then present both samples to a music producer for preference..I remember once someone said to me Bob when you go back to Trinidad you should join up with despers seeing as you admire them so much, I replied please pass the salt, explaining that its the most I would qualify to do with Desperadoes.
heard a recording of this by the late great neville aleong from pan in the 21st century show
this is indeed a splendored thing
Hey Glenroy,I echo your sentiments of 2014 man.....I like the simplicity of this number ....the straight forward manner of the arrangement .....serious last lap stuff....Mr Bradley no doubt...hearing it for the first time...feels real good inside. You know for all the opinions that are expressed on these fora...about getting pan back on the road for Carnival and creating more opportunities to use the instrument year round.....I just wonder what they will be saying in twenty years or so....it is evident something has to give to keep this craft alive and viable in so far as the Mecca is concerned.
You all know why I love this piece?
Because it epitomizes what we could call "road pan"
A simple straightforward arrangement, without too many frills, yet with enough sweetness to keep you chipping along for hours.
"Going home on Carnival Tuesday night " Pan!
Las' Lap Pan.
How I miss that!
Wow Sweet Pan
The mighty Desperadoes sweet music all the time
Glenroy, Robert Diaz et al, see complete interview posted 09/02/2011 for Trinidad Tobago USA by Andreas:
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