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Andy Narell - Slow Motion - 1985

Andy Narell (New York, March 18, 1954) is an American ethnic jazz pianist, percussionist and composer, specializing in Trinidad and Tobago brass drums.

He moved to California as a teenager, after discovering the Steelpan in Queens. Her father, Murray Narell, was a social worker, and he invited Ellie Mannette to play the brass drums in New York, in an attempt to keep the kids off the streets, out of the bands, and into the steelbands.
Narell studied music at the University of California at Berkeley, and played piano at the "University of California Jazz Ensemble" under the direction of David W. Tucker. He graduated in 1973. In the 1980s, he worked on the "Bebop & Beyond" project, which recorded tribute albums to Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.

Later he collaborated with the Caribbean Jazz Project, Montreux, Sakésho, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He has composed and arranged music for the Trinidad national steel band competition, and toured South Africa in 1999, playing to an audience of 80,000.

Narell has taken the music of the steel drums to places never imagined by the pioneers of the 20th century in Trinidad and Tobago. The high point of Narell's music comes on two discs recorded in the early eighties, Light in Your Eyes and Slow Motion (his third and fourth albums). With guitarist Steve Erquiaga and percussionist Kenneth Nash, both longtime members of Narell's groups, things light up with rhythmic intensity, perfectly complementing the brilliant fusion of calypso and jazz.

Andy Narell (steel drums, keyboards)
John Thomas (vocals)
Steve Erquiaga (guitar)
Frank Martin (synthesizers)
Keith Jones (bass)
William Kennedy (drums)
Kenneth Nash (percussion, vocals)

A Sea Change by Andy Narell on Grooveshark

1. Two Tone Shoes
2. Natty Stick
3. Slow Motion
4. Street Dancin'
5. Another Drum For Oskar
6. Trapeze
7. Once A Dancer
8. A Sea Change

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