10 Songs, 56 Minutes

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.

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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