As a nation, we are now beginning to warm to the idea that our heroes must be celebrated during their lifetimes.
Dr. Jit Samaroo, Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe, the late Clive Bradley, and Ray Holman, among others have been celebrated over the years. However, there is one panorama hero who despite having a track record second to none, never seems to get the respect that is due to him.
His track record speaks for itself:
I speak of no other than Mr. Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards.
Perhaps it is his humility and lack of desire to always be in front of cameras or on a microphone, that has allowed less accomplished arrangers to gain prominence ahead of him. Perhaps it is because he chose to develop band before solo career that he remains a ‘name on the banner’. Regardless of the reason, facts speak for themselves, and many facts speak very loudly.
To quote Dr. Jit Samaroo, ‘Smooth makes the savannah happy’. His unique ability to capture the essence of ‘Trinbagonianess’ and create music to make people dance and be happy is unmatched in the panorama arena.
It is time for the ‘Smoothman’ to get the national recognition that is due to a son of the soil with such an outstanding track record and contribution to the nation.
Regardless of the outcome of Panorama 2014, Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards can stand tall, a Giant among giants in the panorama arranging world.
Daryl C. Joseph MA, CEAP
DJ… You beat me to it…. I have said he is a Master out there on his own and has a long awaited recognition for his achievements. Maybe tonight at Soca Monarch 2014 after All Stars play they should recognize him with an award.. for the record … the last one no11… it’s 8 wins and no longer tied with Bradley
Big-up Mr Leon "Smooth Edwards, with a track record like yours there is no need for you to open your mouth. Thanks for all the "Happy" music and best of luck in 2014
Good job Mr. Joseph. You have brought my sentiments to the fore-front (lol)
In complete agreement. much respect to Mr. Edwards.
A lot of people don't like "Smooth" style of arranging, his style is not a West style but when they criticize him he is Laughing straight to the Bank. He is not my top arranger on my List but he is a Great arranger, he is always there, Congratulation "Leon", (He is also a great player, we played together in Wash, DC on a Gig)
Those who are not aquainted with me on WST ,,,KINDLY RE READ MY COMMENTS form the inception AND YOU WILL SEE THAT I HAD MENTIONEDD THIS A LONG WHILE AGO,,WE SEH JACKASS YEARS AGO,,,,HONOURING THOSE THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED WHOLEHEARTEDLY , ,,,BEFORE DEH DEAD DEAD DEAD,,,,its of no use to Honour someone when they are deceased ,,, DEAD TO THE BONE,,everyone is welcome to re-read all of my comments on the Forum,,,,so this is NOTHING NEW,,respect to all WST members.
TELL DEM EBENEZER!!!
Here's what you're looking for. When Steel Talks recognized Mr. Edwards in January 2013.
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I kinda don't like to rate pan arrangers, but by any measure Smooth has to be named among the best .
OF ALL TIME !