- Marc Brooks - Cello
- Ian Japsi - Drummer
- Dwane Richardson - Bass
- Amrit Samaroo - Tenor
- Harmond Sooknanan - Tenor
- David Stevenson - Double Second
Steel Sensation was formed in New York City in 1996 by
these musicians all of whom have a Trinidad & Tobago heritage. Their
inspiration comes from Jit Samaroo and the Samaroo Jets and it shows in
the range of selections recorded for Variety In Steel.
Steel Sensation is an
audacious name to give yourself. The boldness, however, seems appropriate
after you have listened to Variety In Steel. New York, New York,
the opening track is something to behold, aurally. But that is not
surprising since these performers are the generation spawned from legends,
literally and figuratively.
The Samaroo Jets have cleared the path for their progeny: A brother is the
father of the arranger and a sister is the mother of the drummer. Now on
their own, these children -- the whole group with their Trinidad and
Tobago heritage -- reassure "Uncle" Merchant, who is listening from the
great beyond, that pan is not in danger.
Steel Sensation show through their repertoire and playing skills
that pan is perennial. Consider a few selections: The legend influence is
evident again for they choose Bob Marley, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, Kitchener
and Sparrow - "Sa Sa Yea", is a pleasant surprise in the Kaiso Medley.
Without having to strain you hear unadorned pan in "Jammin' " for
instance, not just the tenor but an extended solo of the double second.
Same in Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe's "Do What You Want". Pure pan.
Variety In Steel is an accurately descriptive title for this New
York based group's debut recording. The selections represent calypso,
reggae, European classical, American and Indian film, Latin and
contemporary pop. All of it authentic pan by Steel Sensation. A
group confidently stepping forward.