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New York, USA - He is one of the esteemed champion arrangers of the Golden Era of pan. His name, like the other great ones, carries much respect and recognition. And like his fellow famed steelband music panorama arrangers - one name will suffice as an identification marker for life. Earl Rodney will always be known as the champion arranger for and associated with, the great Solo Harmonites Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago in their glory years. The three-time panorama winner sits down with When Steel Talks for an exclusive interview.
Earl Rodney, who is originally from central Point Fortin, Trinidad joined Solo Harmonites in 1967 where he met Harmonites Steel Orchestra co-founder Hue Loy.
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Earl is from Newlands, Point Fortin. He grew up with Maestro ( Allan Gervais); they were like two peas in a pod. His brother is Mootilal who played "firstpan" for Rhapsody. Earl was the arranger and tuner for Rhapsody but he was closer to Tropical Harmony down there in Egypt. His other brother Ali played guitar for Al Mills Orchestra from Mahaica, Point Fortin. We hardly called him Earl. If you were from Point in those days he was called Bostick. He is still walking around Point. I see him every time I am home. He is mentioned in my book Limmin Under De La Junette Tree and will be in Who Dey, Who Dey Manicou Dey a sequel to the former book. Give thanks Dr. Lance Seunarine
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Earl Rodney is one of the foundations of Kaiso Jazz, a signature art-form of Trinidad and Tobago. Another part of the foundation is Clive Alexander. These Root Movements of the 70s are the foundations on which the pillars of contemporary Kaiso Jazz is built. I hear the music of Etienne Charles saying, ' Thanks'