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Track Listing

  1. Click here to play a sound clip! Branches
  2. Prelude in A Minor
  3. Click here to play a sound clip! Pan in A Minor
  4. Prelude
  5. Click here to play a sound clip! Iron Man
  6. Click here to play a sound clip! Margie
  7. Click here to play a sound clip! Pan in Harmony
  8. Click here to play a sound clip! Night and Day
  9.  Panorama Night (The Virgin)
  10. Click here to play a sound clip! Panorama Night
  11. Bad Impression Intro
  12. Click here to play a sound clip! Bad Impression

Raf Robertson
Branches

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All arrangements are by Raf Robertson except PANORAMA NIGHT by Frankie McIntosh & Raf Robertson, and the PAN IN HARMONY introduction by Clive Bradley. All songs are composed by Aldwyn Roberts except PRELUDE IN A MINOR by Raf Robertson.

Musicians

Raf Robertson - Keyboards, piano, bass, percussion, steel pan on PANORAMA NIGHT

Eddie Bullen - Bass, flute, drum programming
Mark Kelso - Drums
Demo Cates - Sax
Collen Allen -  Sax
Earl Semore - Sax solo
Ric Lazar - Percussion
Liberty Silver - Vocals
Lisa & Laurie - Background vocals
Julian Brown - Guitar
Ben Haywood - Guitar
Garvin Blake - Steel pan

Raf Robertson tells us in the booklet text "this album is the result of [a] lifetime love affair with the music of the great Lord Kitchener. It took a year to complete, research to production.  I had the most fun ever doing it and I am grateful. Thank you, Kitch."  We thank him, too.

Raf is to be highly commended for this seminal work first released in 1994.  It's a testimony to Raf's vision, and West Indian pride, that he would conceive of such a recording and then assemble a cast of accomplished musicians to record it. The list of musicians includes a number of highly capable artistes who are more popularly associated with other genre. Two such are Clive Bradley of steelband Panorama fame and Frankie McIntosh an all-rounder in calypso, soca and jazz.  

All the interpretations are based on a West Indian master's compositions. No need to leave home, as it were, to get inspiration. Kitch is more than a grandmaster; he is a muse and that is acknowledged by Raf Robertson in Branches.

The title track Branches, and Pan In a Minor summon you to pay attention. Iron Man and Margie are in a Latin beat and therefore you want to dance. Pan In Harmony is the calypso jazz interlude and it is followed by Panorama Night, a combination acappella kaiso and jazz blend in a Sarah Vaughn like styling. We can do with more of Liberty Silver's singing. Perhaps, next time.

Delightful happy music. [eCaroh/Ron]

 

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