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High Mas - Len "Boogsie" Sharpe - Silhouettes - 1998 Cool Down Version

This is the cool down version of David Rudder's critically acclaimed "High Mas" as captured in 1998 on an analog Sony Walkman by Basement Recordings. The audio quality is not great but the genius of Mr. Sharpe shines through. The band performing is Brooklyn's Silhouettes Steel Orchestra. They were massive that year. Go to hear the tempo version at http://whensteeltalks.ning.com/video/high-mas-len-boogsie-sharpe

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Comment by Ken T Fortune on October 4, 2013 at 12:22am

Very fortunate to enhance one of Trinidad and Tobago great panist. The rest is history.

Comment by Pan Times on November 28, 2011 at 9:02pm
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on November 28, 2011 at 1:23pm

Don't worry, Khuent Rose, it's not about being "green", Panorama is always kind of surreal.

And the Panorama night tempo makes it even more so.

I know that speed is a requisite of Panorama performances, but unfortunately you miss a lot of what the arranger is doing.

These cool down versions are very refreshing.

And BTW, while I understand why it is done, I concur with everyone who complain about the voice tags..

Comment by Khuent Rose on November 28, 2011 at 12:47pm

The question that I have is if this version took 15 mins to execute how fast was this performed? '98 was one of my "green" years in pan so I don't remember most of what happened at panoramas: like a strange dream.

Comment by Pan Times on November 24, 2011 at 10:23am

The Power of Len "Boogsie" Sharpe...

It is normal in New York for front line players to carry their own personal instruments sometimes to a panyard. However, this was the first time I ever saw bass players rolling a six bass into a yard to make sure there is a pan for them to play.

Comment by Cindy Cummings on February 19, 2011 at 12:27pm

Mr. Sharpe,

That is fantastic.  It is nice to hear a slow tune for a change.  My breathing is still slow and controlled (smile).  I like the arrangement.  You get a thumbs up for that one.  Keep up the good work.

Comment by Michael C. Smith on February 19, 2011 at 10:46am
A true master arranger!!! if there was ever such a thing.
Comment by gail da costa on November 10, 2010 at 11:05am
I do not know music but I have a keen ear.I really enjoyed this version of High Mas and i find the tempo especially correct to dance with my pardner. "Oh what bliss". Sincerely Gail Ann.
Comment by Rum-Pan on November 7, 2010 at 8:12am
The audio quality is not so miserable.Feelin is significant with very good Orchestra!!!!!
Comment by Alan Field on November 6, 2010 at 8:08am
Great beat for So !!

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