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Tell Me Why - Metro Steel Orchestra - arr. Clive Bradley

The year is 1990, the place is panorama night at the Brooklyn Museum and master arranger Clive Bradley is about to win his third New York panorama with this arrangement.  Bradley captures the crowd before the intro is even completed. The audio recording is not very good (from the archive vaults), but it allows you to hear those classic Clive Bradley movements, transitions and urban influences. In addition, at 5 min 53 sec - you can hear the solo Clive Bradley asked a young Garvin Blake to put in.  Indeed, a sign of good things to come in the future of Mr. Blake.  This particular incarnation of Metro Steel Orchestra ushered in the beginning of the era of large New York steel orchestras of more than 100 players...


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Comment by Michael C. Smith / BCV on August 27, 2020 at 10:50am

I like this live recording by Metro Steel Orchestra and the arrangement is outstanding . Nice job When Steel talks. keep on doing what you are doing. Is Basement recording going to release these gems. If it is, i would like to purchase a copy tell me how - BostonCarnivalVillage@gmail.com 

Comment by Tony Joseph on May 19, 2015 at 10:27am

This was my first win as Leader of Metro one of the greatest Steel Orchestra's in NYC.  Some of the greatest pan players I've ever seen in one band.  Thank you Bradley and the Metro family.

Comment by ed cee on August 5, 2013 at 7:42pm

The Master at Work. Pan's genius, Sir Clive Bradley. We miss you.

Comment by SugarSheila on April 10, 2012 at 2:10pm

I had to break out my tenor....interestingly enough I remember almost every note of this because it was my first panorama.  I also have this in video when we did the Atlantic Antic a few weeks after Panorama.  If y'all remember a plucky 11 year old girl (the only little girl playing that year) who always ran with Nicky...that was me.  Top of the spaceship.

Comment by Pan Times on April 9, 2012 at 5:50pm

@ Carlton E. Munroe

How much was the prize?

Who were some of the other bands present that night? And what positions did come?

Comment by Carlton E. Munroe on April 9, 2012 at 5:13pm

That is collected the p-a-r money and disappeared.

Comment by Carlton E. Munroe on April 9, 2012 at 5:11pm

I was also a player with pan masters on that winning night, Dave Labaree was the Captain of the band. Dave collected the pan -a-rama and took off, never to be seen again.

Comment by Carlton E. Munroe on April 9, 2012 at 5:05pm

Correction, prior to Metro, Pan masters won the New York Pan-a-Rama with over 100 players so lets give jack his jacket. aka: tahzann / aka: curly!

Comment by terry on April 7, 2012 at 8:35pm


Comment by Rum-Pan on April 7, 2012 at 4:57pm

Brilliant! This is total masterful expiation! Very enormous Steel-Pan sound.........

Comment by paddy corea on November 27, 2011 at 6:31pm

masterful arrangement. Me and my tribe (pedro, eugene dexter(my cousins from Blue Diamonds) was the entire double tenor section.  I  remember the bare end of the stick also (shimmer) I still use the Gavin mid piece (lague)

paddy corea

Comment by Carlton E. Munroe on November 19, 2011 at 12:39pm

Shortly after this win Clemmens pulled out to form Despers. Later another  section of the band broke off and

started Pantonic's band. (History)  At one time, Despers & Pantonic were  all part of Metro and I am proud to

say that before I retired, I played with all three bands. Most of us played with Desperadoes in T'dad.back in

the days. Ahh  sweet memories.  Carlton E. Munroe  Aka: tahzann,  Aka: Curly.

Comment by Carlton E. Munroe on November 19, 2011 at 12:14pm

I remember this one very well and I should since i was one of the hundred players that performed. We practised in a rundown building on Atlantic avenue. I played double tenor next to my friend poppitts. Aka: Tahzann, Aka; Curly

Comment by Brent McCollin on November 18, 2011 at 10:50pm

Sweet  Pan!!!  Nice, clean and defined rendition!!!

Comment by Noah on November 18, 2011 at 7:18pm

no joke about the audience response. i have another version of this from elsewhere in the crowd with a whole other set of reactions going on


a bradley CLASSIC

Comment by Jaizone on November 18, 2011 at 7:09pm

Too bad Bradley and Garvin didn't collaborate on more arrangements.

Comment by Raymond Gordon on November 18, 2011 at 6:18pm

Alegion in his time a master piece. Take a bow,

Comment by Dvincy on November 18, 2011 at 5:03pm

Very Nice

Comment by Bugs on November 18, 2011 at 4:25pm

The great boxer Muhammad Ali used to say "I'm a bad man". 

Bradley was a "BAD MAN".



Comment by VALENTINE YOUNG on November 18, 2011 at 4:18pm

Great just Great! Oh how I remembered this piece so well. I really thought that this piece was lost. Thanks! Thanks for the memories. Well Done Garvin! One of our hidden unheralded greats.

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