Editors’ Notes Trumpeter Etienne Charles is in fine form on his fourth solo album, Creole Soul. A number of Caribbean musical styles inform the Trinidad-born musician’s take on jazz, and his core group—tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, alto saxophonist Brian Hogans, keyboardist Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Obed Calvaire—are all in. The album starts with Vodun priest Erol Josue intoning a chant in the Haitian language of Kwéyol. The band creates a groove that ripples with percussive hits and is fueled by Williams' propulsive bass. Up top, Charles lets loose a sparkling solo. “Memories”—written by Winsford “Joker” Devine and recorded by calypso legend Mighty Sparrow—finds Charles playing the melody with a lovely, burnished tone. Thelonious Monk's “Green Chimneys” from the 1968 album Underground gets updated in a fashion that smooths out the zigzagging lines, while a rendering of Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low” incorporates reggae rhythms and keeps a mellow vibe throughout. The bop burner “Doin’ the Thing” closes the album on an energetic note.

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Creole
1
6:45
 
The Folks
2
5:20
 
You Don't Love Me (No No No)
3
5:55
 
Roots
4
6:30
 
Memories
5
6:03
 
Green Chimneys
6
5:42
 
Turn Your Lights Down Low
7
4:54
 
Midnight
8
6:52
 
Close Your Eyes
9
4:52
 
Doin' the Thing
10
3:26
 

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