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Trinidad All Stars steel orchestra. Large Band category. Arranged by Leon "Smooth" Edwards. Performed at the Queens Park Savannah, Trinidad & T...
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Well folks all I have to say is All Stars played themself and that´s it. What´s the name of the tune
Jennifer, to the TAS family and beyond, gone but never forgotten. His work continues to guide and inspire many and I know his legacy is alive and well with Smooth.
Shahadah45, thank you for your acknowledgement, it means a lot. Much respect.
Jennifer, my sincere apologies for the major oversight regarding "Uncle Jem's " contributions to Leon's and Trinidad All Stars success. A true legend, much love and respect to him and his contributions to music and steelband on many levels.
Steve using your 25 year window argument, between 1987 and 2002 Trinidad All Stars did not win a panorama with either Smooth or Eddie, a run of 15years. They won in 2002 and then went another four years before winning again in 2007 and, did not win again until 2011& 2012. So please, stop the misinformation and the use of bogus arguments in your selfish attempt to appeal to the ignorant.
I have a question to ask of those who somehow seem to lay the criticism of playing the same thing only at Soooth's door. Show me the pan arranger whether Bradley , Holman , Jit , Professor , Headley Brothers , Quarles , Beverley Pelham or Boogsie whose musical signature changed over the years they have been arranging. Like many of the popular musicians in other genres a la Stevie Wonder , Marvin Gaye , Louis Armstrong , George Benson to name a few from the time we hear their music we do not have to ask who it is because they have a style unique to them
We don't ask them to change their style or formula , hell in the panorama we do not ask this of any other arranger although we can recognize their arrangements blindfolded. So why is it that somehow Smooth seems always to be the exception?
I totally agree with Shahadah45's comment regarding All-Stars and the judges’ decision. To add to All-Stars’ history was Jerry Jemmott "Uncle Jem", a fact that no one seems to recognize.
It is incredible how a Band could be playing the same thing for at least the last 25 years and continue to succeed .As Chalkie indicated last night they using the same Blue Print every year and still getting the Judges nod and as a matter of fact this was said last year by one of theirs and he too found that to be incredible . To those Arrangers who strive to improve on their work please continue for Pan Music needs you and all the new ideas that you have . Hopefully the time would come soon when we have Judges who would adjudicate based on new ideas with interesting music and not Bram,Bram, Bram, Bram Bram over and over again year after year . Thanks .
Big Sid, I couldn't agree with you more on your pick of the large bands, I had posted my opinion of the bands on facebook and I thought that Phase II got ROB and Invaders got ROB. I think that Phase II won and Invaders should be 3rd, Solo Hamonites played great also, I just could not see All stars placing 1st. You should be a Judge Sid.
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