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John "Buddy" Williams
|Kaiso. Listen to our clips to be reminded of a definitive sound of
the calypso genre. Pianist John "Buddy" Williams leads us on a
musical journey that covers decades of popular and enduring
Travel from Roaring Lion's early days of "Caroline" to Sparrow's "Wood in the Fire". On this trip you enjoy the harmony of voice, clarinet, alto saxophone, flute, trombone, cuatro, guitar, bass, drum, bottle & spoon and shack shack.
In addition to the artistry, Kaiso the compact disc, has another
commendable feature. This CD is one the few examples of the
appropriate use of technology to preserve the musical heritage. If
you are a non-audiophile you may think that this recording was made
a few weeks ago. But these tracks were re-mastered from the original
recordings of the 1960s and we are grateful for Kaiso.
"Improvisation in calypso music dates back to the early 1900s
when string and woodwind players spontaneously made intros and fills
to accompany the calypsonians of that era. In the 1950s and 1960s ,
dance bands led by John 'Buddy' Williams, Rupert Clemendore,
Fitz-Vaughn Bryan, Sel Duncan and The Dutchy Brothers were some of
the pioneers who laid the foundation for the conscious development
of improvisation in calypso music."
Ron Reid, Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music, Boston
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