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Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: March 18, 1954

Andy Narell has spent more than a quarter century exploring the subtleties and complexities of steel pan and grafting them to the jazz idiom. He's one of only a small handful of steel pan players in the world who are playing jazz, and perhaps the only one among that coterie to commit an entire career—live and in the studio—to creating new music for the pan in that context.

In recent years, Narell has also explored the potential of the steel pan on an orchestral level. He enlisted the services of Calypsociation, a thirty-piece steel pan orchestra based in Paris, to record The Passage, his 2004 recording on the Heads Up label. That exploration continues with the release of Tatoom: Music for Steel Orchestra in February 2007. In addition to Narell playing all 22 pans in meticulously layered and carefully mixed orchestral arrangements, Tatoom also features three brilliant soloists: guitarist and labelmate Mike Stern, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez and percussionist Luis Conte. With drummers Mark Walker and Jean Philippe Fanfant driving the rhythm section Narell’s steelband sound has an unmistakable jazz groove.
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Featured recording “University of Calypso”

University of Calypso

Heads Up International
2009
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    University of Calypso

    Heads Up International
    2009
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    Tatoom: Music for Steel Orchestra

    Heads Up International
    2007
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    Tatoom

    CBS/Sony
    2006
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    The Passage

    Heads Up International
    2004
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    The Passage: Music For Steel Orchestra

    CBS/Sony
    2004
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    Live In South Africa

    CBS/Sony
    2001
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    The Long Time Band

    CBS/Sony
    1995
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