Copenhagen, Denmark -
Rudy Smith is the panorama arranger for Trinidad's Birdsong Steel
Orchestra. In addition the Denmark based "two left"
Smith, plays the alto steel drums, is a composer, recording artist
and arranger. His music can be described as a fusion between pan and
jazz , in be-bop and is referred to the jazz king of steeldrums.
Smith is an accomplished arranger and is respected for his ability
to write scores for the medium. His 1984 recording, Be Bach,
provides an interplay of piano, steelpan, and bass and demonstrates
the versatility of the instrument, indicates that pan can hold its
own on the world stage. Music reviews describes his performance "as
floating the notes above his double tenors against the hot
progressive jazz accompaniment of piano, bass and drums." Smith is
known internationally for his performances in jazz festivals in
Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Africa, Belgium, West Indies, Holland,
Finland and USA. He continues to play in live concerts and clubs in
Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Africa, West Indies, Belgium and
Holland. He has recorded with top Swedish musicians on the EMI
label, and on other labels such as Sanch and Storyville.
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