Ray Holman Interview Tidbits
Ray Holman joined Invaders (1957–1962) and learned from the great players in the band. Ellie Mannette was the leader.... Emmanuel “Jack” Riley was the best player and influenced him greatly - “he was our hero”.... Ray was the first person to introduce his own original composition as the panorama tune for his band... Robert Greenidge and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe would follow in later years... He caught heat initially but felt the idea was correct. Loves jazz, classical and calypso music.... Listened to the top American composers as a youth...
Champion arranger Ray Holman
On Pan’s future - Ray believes “people must prove themselves in the field”... “The most important thing now is the training of the arrangers and tuners.” “Why must everything [pan music] be a competition? Why not have a festival of music?”
On Panorama - Anthony Williams was the first to take legitimate steps showing what could be done with a calypso. He was always more interested in “creating something that will last” than something that would win Panorama... Panorama was initially a blessing because of the rudimentary music. Panorama has become formula music... Judges are incompetent and still are... Ray wonders “how is the music going to improve if it is being guided/adjudicated by people who don’t know? You can’t have the blind leading the sighted! Music has to be better directed”.
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