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Clarence Curvan Orchestra "Tribute to Carlos"

In Trinidad, to be considered a "good dancer" in the dancehalls of 1960's, one had to be skilled at several different genres and tempos of music.


The dance bands of the day were up to the challenge, and it was not unusual for a band to include a fox trot, bolero or cha-cha-cha in a dance set, along with traditional calypso arrangements.

This popular Clarence Curvan Orchestra arrangement challenged the skills of the dancers by featuring several tempo changes.

From the album "Body and Soul", here is the Clarence Curvan orchestra and "A tribute to Carlos"

This was a Ron Berridge arrangement.

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Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on November 30, 2011 at 10:11am

Thank you, Roy for that information.

I didn't know that this song was composed by Carlos Malcolm.

Even though Byron Lee became more famous, many people(including Clarence Curvan) felt that the Carlos Malcolm band was the best in the Caribbean in that era.

I remember the impact they created when the first visited Trinidad in the early sixties. They were incredible, and were mostly responsible for generating great respect for Jamaican musicians in Trinidad, even before reggae became popular,

Comment by Roy Francis Cape on November 30, 2011 at 9:10am

I JUST HEARD TRIBUTE TO CARLOS BY CLARENCE CURVAN WHICH WAS A SONG BY THE GREAT CARLOS MALCOLM AND WE LIKED IT AND WAS VERY IMPRESS WITH HIS BAND AND HIS ARRANGEMENTS, ON THE ALBUM BODY AND SOUL AND THE GREATEST SOUND AROUND I AM THE ALTO PLAYER ON THOSE CLARENCE CURVAN ALBUMS AND MANY MORE THIS IS THE BAND THAT I HAD ESTABLISH MY SELF IN TNT AND THE CARRIBEAN, I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY THE MUSIC OF SEL WHEELER, FRANKIE FRANCIS, BERVERLY GRIFFITH, RON BERRIDGE, BERT INNIS, CLIVE BRADLEY, EARL RODNEY, FRANKIE Mc INTOSH, AND I JUST LISTENED TO ART DE COTEAU FIRST PERSONEL ALBUM SINCE WORKING ON THIS ALBUM I HAVE NEVER HEARD IT UNTILL NOW AND IT MAKES ME FEEL VERY GOOD TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY THE MUSIC OF THESE GREAT MUSICAL ARRANGERS AND WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING TO KEEP THESE GUYS HISTORY ALIVE THANKS TO WHEN STEEL TALKS,        

Comment by Jenn D. Fernandes on October 2, 2011 at 7:53pm
Great music...  Guess I have to play it a couple more times to get back in the groove.... brings back a lot of sweet memories...
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on October 2, 2011 at 3:55pm

Pure musical genius, Ron.

I love it, and enjoyed strutting my stuff to it back in the day!

And the band was clicking!

Comment by Ron Berridge on October 2, 2011 at 3:50pm

That's one of my arrangements.

 

Comment by charlotte on October 2, 2011 at 1:41pm
cha cha cha a bit better...foot moving.......faster....running almost....SMILE !!
Comment by charlotte on October 2, 2011 at 1:40pm
well that is so slow you could almost fall asleep on your partner!!

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