Archive for December 30th, 2012

Leon Foster Thomas – Brand New Mischief

The typical jazz lover doesn’t want to hear “relaxing” as a modifier for his favorite music. The word implies a certain snooze factor, and jazz isn’t about that. Still, there’s something soothing, tranquil and – yes – relaxing about the sound of the steel pans when played with skill.

Leon Foster Thomas is such a person, drawing inevitable comparisons to Andy Narell. Thomas entertains with Brand New Mischief (Leon Foster Thomas Music, 2012), a set of seven original songs. With Thomas are pianist Allen C. Paul, acoustic bassist Kurt Kengstebeck and drummer Ludwig Alfonso.

The title might be a hint at the origins of the steel pan. It was in Trinidad and Tobago where young men, who out of suspicion of mischief were forbidden to use drums to communicate, turned to other items. Among them were modified oil drums.

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