Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing - Desperadoes Steel Orchestra

 Clive Bradley - Arranger

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Four Pillars Of Steel... A Repertoire Championship 2011

Comment by Bob Diaz on May 29, 2018 at 6:04 p.m. --- WST

“Many bands show greatness periodically but I must admit my bias for the consistency of Desperadoes. For decades they have proven superiority in tone production, arrangements and discipline. Ever since I heard their arrangement of Sparrow's ‘Mr. Walker’ decades ago, the unique runs of the cellos, the counter melody of the double seconds or tenors - boy, I instantly shifted from a Starlift fan to a devout Despers.”

Desperadoes - Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

“Silver Stars no doubt had a unique sound just like Cordettes and Invaders, also the outstanding concert performances by Pan am North stars and All stars cannot be ignored. The thing about despers whether a road side or stage they produce the same high quality of tones that can only come from pan. That's why I get disappointed when I hear Panorama bands hammering away and making sounds like trash cans. If Despers can do it with the same number of players why cant everyone else? To prove my point observe the way despers members keep their hands inside the pans except for the bass or back line pans then go to the others and you can clearly see the sticks way up hitting with a force that will surely reduce the tonal quality of the arrangement. For example observe Robert Greenidge with his lighting speed yet his hands are just inches away from the surface of the pan. Maybe the answer is in Panorama everybody wants to hear themselves regardless of teamwork but somehow Despers always seems to rise above that.. To prove my point go back and listen to Pan am North stars "the wedding" with Winifred Atwell then pick your favorite panorama production and compare.. Then present both samples to a music producer for preference..I remember once someone said to me Bob when you go back to Trinidad you should join up with Despers seeing as you admire them so much, I replied please pass the salt, explaining that its the most I would qualify to do with Desperadoes.”  -----  Bob Diaz

 



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