Thursday April 5, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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Accomplished soul musician, Etienne Charles, plays live.
Last heard at Outpost in December 2016 where he presented music from his dynamic Creole Christmas album, which featured classic selections from the Caribbean, American, and European holiday songbooks, Trinidadian trumpeter, Etienne Charles returns to Albuquerque, this time performing his Creole Soul music. A careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, Creole Soul taps into styles ranging from calypso to New Orleans jazz to Haitian voodoo music. Jazz Times described Charles’ 2013 Creole Soul album as “personal, cerebral, spiritual and joyful in its creative exploration of the roots of music and of a man,” and Nigel Campbell of All About Jazz, wrote: “The fourth studio album from this US-based musician and teacher bristles with a kind of energy that comes from the realization that one has gone beyond; beyond the usual expectations of a Caribbean existence, beyond the boundary of the usual sonic in uences that have paved the way for this jazz lion...The album opener, “Creole” (a re ection on his rst Haitian sojourn in 2012)...combines the kongo drum rhythm of northern Haiti with the urgent funky electric guitar of Alex Wintz that forces one to get up and dance. This is spirit moving feet. This is jazz in the Caribbean. This is improvised joy!” Etienne Charles has been praised for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. A Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, and Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, he was written in to the US Congressional Record in 2012 for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the world. The Creole Soul quintet features Etienne Charles on trumpet, congas & percussion; Danny Janklow, saxophone; Tony Tixier, piano; Samir Moulay, guitar; Dean Hulett, bass; Jonathan Pinson, drums.