29th Annual Mother's Day double DVD tells a lot about the
challenge of producing and recording an All Star variety show and
maintaining high standards in every dimension. Billed as a tribute
to the Grandmaster, Kitch, there is no story line, per se, but a
parade of seventeen artistes ably accompanied by Errol Ince’s
orchestra. Tommy Joseph keeps the pace moving and gives his own
well-timed show as the MC.
Putting aside the occasional sound distortions, the viewer can
enjoy the majesty of Singing Sandra; the commanding presence of
David Rudder; the impressive neo-classical piano interpretations by
Aldwin Albino; the balladeering of Baron; and the artistic dexterity
of Ajamu as a singer and musician. Calypso Rose looks elegant and
sings pleasingly while Dane Gulston plays the pan with showmanship.
Mighty Sparrow, Black Stalin, Nelson, Sugar Aloes, Scrunter, Tony
Ricardo, Blackie, Alison Hinds, Red Plastic Bag and Becket, by their
artistic reputations, give credence to the title of the show.
Capturing their performances in one event might make this All Star
production a collector’s DVD. Similar recordings are likely to be
few, if ever, in the future.
[Ron/eCaroh – July 2007]