Andy Narell, a renowned steelpan master continues to apply his unorthodox instrument to diverse musical settings in which it had not previously been utilized. His new release, Behind The Bridge, Narell combines North American jazz and Antilean and Brazilian genres. He successfully unifies the musical styles of the Western hemisphere, furthering the Pan-American ideals of the late Dizzy Gillespie and other artists who have attempted to merge jazz with world music.
Hailed as an honorary "Trini", Narell has frequently traveled to Trinidad, where he has performed with his band as well as with such artists as David Rudder, Charlie's Roots, Ray Holman, Len "Boogie Sharpe, Robert Greenidge and 100 member steelbands at the annual Panorama Festival. Narell's strong ties with Trinidad's musical heritage can be appreciated in his renditions of calypsoc/soca pieces as Nuff Respect and Rainorama. While maintaining strong links with Trinidad's music scene, Narell has worked in numerous jazz and world music contexts, including eight previous recording as a leader.
A new path in his career began in 1993 when he joined forces with saxophonist/clarinest Paquito D'Rivera and vibraphonist/marimbero Dave Samuels to organize the innovative Caribbean Jazz Project. The production exhibited the unique instrumentation and dynamic interaction while blending contemporary jazz elements with abundant Caribbean and Latin American rhythms.