The original compositions on “Global Impressions,“ performed by world fusion steelpan group Callaloo, are a blend of musical styles ranging from Afro-Cuban to Middle Eastern, and many more. The melodies, set over rhythmic grooves in these styles, are at times easy to sing along with and other times complex, but always engaging. Each of the six members contribute to the group‘s overall sound by having a chance to improvise on nearly every song on the album.
You’ll hear these compositions performed on steelpan, marimba, classical guitar, bass, a wide array of percussion, and drumset, which, which when mixed together, are the perfect world fusion vehicle and deliver a powerful musical experience. Their name, Callaloo, means many things mixed together!
The Pantastic 4 is a steel pan combo with three percussionists that rotate between steel pan (steel drums), marimba, and drum set, supported by a guitarist and bassist. The music has elements of Caribbean/Latin music and elements of jazz but is accessible to fans of all ages and musical tastes except c&w. This group performs Scott Johnson's compositions and you'll find a great blend between unique and familiar sounds.
As an instrumental group, there is a section in every song (except Dedication) for the members to improvise. The melodies are often played by the pans and marimba, but you'll hear the guitar and bass perform melodic doublings along with some sweet counter melody action. Members of The Pantastic 4 say,"once you hear P4, you'll ask for more".
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