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Andy Narell

st-d, *1954 US, New York City
Composer of Jazz

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.

  • Steel drums
  • Electric piano
  • Keyboards
  • Piano
  • Jazz
  • Folk
  • World
  • Latin
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Jenny's Room on The Long Time Band by Andy Narell
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring on The Bach Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach & Various Artists
We Kinda Music on We Kinda Music by Andy Narell
Canboulay on The Long Time Band by Andy Narell
Play One For Keith on The Long Time Band by Andy Narell
Bacchanal on The Long Time Band by Andy Narell
Coffee Street on THE PASSAGE by Andy Narell
Dis 1.4. Raf on We Kinda Music by Andy Narell
Dance Class on The Long Time Band by Andy Narell
You the Man on The Long Time Band by Andy Narell

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
University Of CalypsoAndy Narell And Lord Relator2009Album
TatoomAndy Narell2006Album
The Passage: Music For Steel OrchestraAndy Narell And Calypsociation2004Album
Live In South AfricaAndy Narell2001Album
Fire In The Engine RoomAndy Narell2000Album
Behind The BridgeAndy Narell1998Album
The Long Time BandAndy Narell1995Album
Rakuen No Yuwaku -Steel Pan's Calipso JazzAndy Narell1994Compil.
Down The RoadAndy Narell1992Album
Music From The Opening Of Doors / Music From Down The RoadWilliam Ackerman / Andy Narell1992Album
Little SecretsAndy Narell1989Album
Radio EditsAndy Narell1989Compil.
Hannibal's RevengeAndy Narell1987Album
The HammerAndy Narell1987Album
Natty StickAndy Narell1985Album
Street Dancin'Andy Narell1985Single
Slow MotionAndy Narell1985Album
Live At MontreuxDarol Anger / Barbara Higbie Quintet With Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips And Andy Narell1985Album
Light In Your EyesAndy Narell1983Album
La SambaAndy Narell1983Single
StickmanAndy Narell1981Album
Hidden TreasureAndy Narell1979Album
Hidden TreasureAndy Narell1979Album
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