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‘Parallel Overtones’: An infectious Garvin Blake CD -- by Les Slater

Garvin Blake - Parallel Overtones 

Global - Steelpan instrumentalists, whether they’ve been offering material for public sampling for years or just getting their feet wet, would do well to look no further for a gold standard than the package Garvin Blake delivers on his Parallel Overtones CD. It is that outstanding an addition to the argot of music product featuring the steelpan.

It doesn’t seem to happen in the steelpan’s birthplace to the extent it should, but integration of the pan with “conventional” instruments is to be vigorously encouraged…never mind that such collaborations sometimes don’t come off as organically compact as they might. None of that with Parallel Overtones, though. Throughout the set is evidenced an immaculate blend of Blake’s double-second with piano, bass and drums. -

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