Master Steel Orchestra Arranger Clive Bradley Remembered by New York Times

Clive Bradley

Clive Bradley Dies at 69; Arranged Trinidadian Steel-Drum Music


by Jon Pareles - December 1, 2005

Global - Clive Bradley, whose arrangements for steel-drum orchestras in Trinidad and New York City won championships from 1970 to 2005, died on Saturday in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He was 69.

NY TimesHe died four days after a stroke, said Rawlston Charles, who owns the store and record label Charlie's Records in Bedford-Stuyvesant and was a longtime friend.

Mr. Bradley was one of the most skillful and admired practitioners of a longstanding Carnival tradition. Steel bands, also known as pan bands, compete each year, performing concert versions of soca and calypso songs. The arrangements are elaborate suites of variations and are played in Trinidad by orchestras of 100 musicians or more; Brooklyn bands are somewhat smaller...

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