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Listening to Ken Greene’s music, you can close your eyes and feel that tropical breeze, hear the soft sounds of the waves and smell the sweet subtle scent of exotic blossoms, altogether an enjoyable journey through the imagination.

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Transformation by Steelpan Store Artist Gregory Boyd

The Steelpans of Trinidad & Tobago have rarely, if ever, been associated with New Orleans music-until recently. Steelpanist and vocalist Gregory Boyd, a hidden pearl in the Crescent City Scene, has devoted himself to this unique instrument with its sweet, resonate sound rich in percussive possibilities.

With various groups including Charmaine Neville, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Chief Smiley Ricks and the Indians of the Nation and others, (Cyril Neville, Charles Neville, Michael Ray, Dr John) he’s gratifyingly integrated steelpan into Jazz, Soul and New Orleans funk and in the process he’s highlighted New Orleans’ own Afro Caribbean connections.

A surprisingly adept lyricist, Boyd crafts songs that are catchy while resisting clichés. He often sings with the torn and frayed urgency of a soul influenced modern rocker and occasionally this sounds strained, but on the poignant love ballad “Rich In A Troubled Time”-by far the most striking track, he sings with an understated, soul bearing immediacy, his lilt suggesting the more tender efforts of Peter Tosh and Ben Harper.

Overall the disc serves as a glimpse of a powerful emerging talent, promising good things to come from Boyd and his pans.

Song Time
1. Rich in a Troubled Time
2. Missile in My Pocket
3. Ride
4. Forever Love
5. Family Affair (Ft. USO)
6. The Girl Next Door
7. Transformation
8. World Groove
9. Rich in a Troubled Time (Upbeat Mix)
10. Missile in My Pocket (Album Version)

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