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A Tribute to the Masters

A Tribute to the Masters

Clyde 'Lightning' George and Edwin 'Crazy' Ayoung have created this CD together with
Clyde's Chicago trio, Steelin' Jazz. Lightning and Crazy grew up in the same area of Port of Spain, Trinidad. They share the same rich cultural diversity that makes Trinidad such an amazing place for music.

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Clyde 'Lightning' George and Edwin 'Crazy' Ayoung have created this CD together with
Clyde's Chicago trio, Steelin' Jazz. Lightning and Crazy grew up in the same area of Port of Spain, Trinidad. They share the same rich cultural diversity that makes Trinidad such an amazing place for music. Crazy has been performing Calypso for almost 40 years. He is also known as the Lovable Lunatic. Lightning has been playing pan just as long. His sobriquet, Lightning, was given to him, as a teenager in the panyard of his mentor, Bertie Marshall. Bertie heard Clyde learn the music so fast that he called him Lightning. The first song on this CD is about Bertie Marshall. Bertie invented the double tenor pan that Lightning performs with. He is the most important pan inventor and tuner of all times. It was Bertie who began to tune the steelpan using harmonics and is responsible for the fine quality of music heard on the steelpans today.

This Cd presents 6 tunes from the great, late, Lord Kitchener. Kitchener, born Aldwin
Roberts in 1922, is also referred to as the Grand Master of Calypso. He is considered
to be the quintessential calypsonian. He wrote over 1500 calypsoes. Each one
more charming and clever than the next. Once asked how he can compose so much music, Kitch replied "It's natural, it's an inspiration. Whenever I want to compose a song, I tell my brain I want to compose a song and I go out there and I walk out on the street and it comes to me."

Crazy worked with Kitchener at his Calypso Tent for 30 years. Crazy and Lightning
began working together in 2002 with the award winning documentary film "Calypso Dreams". The film, to be released in theatres in 2005, honors the greats of Trinidad Calypso and pays tribute to Kitchener as the greatest Calypsonian that ever lived.
Kitchener's favorite subject to sing about was the steelpan. De Bull and Pan Birthday
represent these. Kitchener was a genius writing the genre of music called "clean smut".
My Pussin is a sample of that style. It was the love for Lord Kitchener, who died in 2000, that brought this CD together. We hope that this CD will help spread this wonderful musical style to all ends of the earth.
Long live Calpyso and Pan.

   01. Sir Bertie

   02. Backyard Party

   03. De Bull

   04. Symptoms

   05. Progress

   06. Pan Birthday

   07. Old Lady Walk a Mile and a Half

   08. My Pussin

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