Jazz CD of the Month: Etienne Charles / Creole Soul /Independent Release
Etienne Charles is a trumpeter from Trinidad whose three previous albums have featured calypso music as interpreted through an engaging post-bop focus. Charles continues to grow as an artist as evidenced on his latest, Creole Soul. His latest recording reflects his interest in Carribean music and the music of New Orleans. Charles' band includes tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, alto saxophonist Brian Hogans, pianist Kris Bowers (who also plays Fender Rhodes), bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Obed Calvaire, with guests including guitarist Alex Wintz, percussionist/vocalists Daniel Sadownick and D'Achee, and voodoo priest Erol Josué, who offers a chanted benediction to kick things off on the first number, the title track. Standout numbers include Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low" , Bo Diddley's "You Don't Love Me", and an exceptional reading of Thelonious Monk's "Green Chimneys". "Midnight" is where calypso rhythms and jazz syncopation mix with Haitian dance grooves. The compelling performance of the band throughout the session leaves no doubt as to the sincerity of the players and their leader. For more information, you may visit etiennecharles.com.