Various Artists

Tribute to Ray Holman: Steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago

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Part of an exceptional series of steel band recordings on Delos, this album is a collection of works written and arranged by Ray Holman, one of the big five in steel band composing. This is a nice set of recordings -- the sound quality is exceptional given that the recordings are made outdoors to accommodate the huge size of the bands (Here, the smallest band is 44 players, and the largest is 120). As should be expected, the music is of top quality -- it's all written by Holman. On top of this, the performances are wonderful. For any fan of steel band, the music of Holman should hold a special place, given his innovations to arranging. This album makes a nice show of it all.

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