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Leon "Smooth" Edwards
Arranger,
Trinidad All Stars
2005 T&T Panorama Season
 


 

Date: 1.14.05

Leon "Smooth" Edwards, arranger for Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra chatted with When Steel Talks   from the  All Stars' pan yard earlier on today.  With preliminary judging for the band slated for tomorrow, Saturday January 15, "Smooth" said that the arrangement had been finished a couple of days ago, and that the pan musicians were looking forward to rehearsals. 

At this point in time All Stars has the majority of its players.  The situation is mu ch healthier this year than it was in 2004 when the choice of some All Stars members to play in steel orchestras competing in other categories for the Panorama had an impact on their availability to commit to their primary band, Trinidad All Stars.  "Smooth" believes that the attention the band's management paid to the issue is responsible for this positive development.

On the controversy surrounding Pan Trinbago's decision to allow steel orchestras to select competition pieces from previous years, the All Stars' arranger was generally supportive of the expanded choice of music available as a result.   "Smooth" sees the pan lovers and general public who take in the Panorama annually as the winners because of the decision, given the rich variety of pan music being played.   Trinidad All Stars itself has opted to take advantage of that allowance, playing Chris "Tambu" Herbert's 1989 smash "Free Up"  for Panorama 2005.

Preliminary judging is underway in pan yards through January 18.

C. Phillips, Basement Press Corp.
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