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1688 Orchestra | Bajan Jazz Routes, Vol. 1

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Bajan Jazz Routes, Vol. 1

by 1688 Orchestra

Big and steel pan Caribbean Jazz - Andy Narrell meets Duke Ellington in Barbados.
Genre: Jazz: Experimental Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bajan Folk Medley: Mizz Mattie / John Belly Mama / Lick and Lock Up
4:34 $0.99
2. Sugar
6:03 $0.99
3. For Vern
6:06 $0.99
4. Bush Hill Ball
5:00 $0.99
5. Carnival Play
3:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
The 1688 Orchestra is a unique Caribbean musical ensemble of big band and steel pan, dedicated to the craft of instrumental performance. The group, the brainchild of Stefan Walcott, provides a space for young semi-professional and professional musicians, to continually develop their craft by engaging in Caribbean and other Afro-Diasporic musical forms.

1688 Orchestra, part of the bigger 1688 Collective, was started in 2009 and its debut performance was at Barbados' National Festival of Creative Arts. After a great reception by the public, the group launched officially at Frank Collymore Hall in January 2010. Since that time, the 1688 Orchestra has gone on to perform at numerous events, including the inaugural Pan Fusion show which featured Liam Teague and Victor Provost and Pan in the Plaza. The group was also featured at the Frank Collymore Hall's signature "City Nights" event, where it was once again critically well received. The ensemble also played with Caribbean jazz great Luther Francois, at Naniki Jazz in 2012, the Mighty Gabby in 2013 and the Soca Queen, Alison Hinds in 2014.

1688 is also committed to social activities and has done a tour of Barbados, the "Fah De People" tour, where they performed to the public for free in order to expose them to instrumental music. The group also executed a similar tour to the primary and secondary schools called "Fah De Children".

1688 Orchestra sees this CD as groundbreaking as it is the first big band and steel pan group ever recorded in Barbados. It is the hope of the 1688 Orchestra that this recording will aid the group in becoming one of the driving forces in Caribbean instrumental performance, spreading the joy of this medium to the Caribbean and to the wider world, www.myspace.com/1688collective.



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