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Caribbean Odyssey

by Cascadu

Caribbean Jazz: A cool blend of the lush rhythmic mystique of the Caribbean served up with scintillating Latin, Brazilian and Afro-Jazz influences that will have you falling in love, again and again.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. East River Sail
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2. Anansi's Dance
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3. Between Sea & Sky
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4. Island Woman
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5. Grouper Grounds
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6. Mango Colada
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7. Two Steps Down
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8. In'er Tropical Storm
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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There is no doubt that the Caribbean, like so many other regions of the world, is a melting-pot of cultures. These enchanting islands of the Caribbean Sea share biological, geographic and historical branches of evolution but each has evolved with its distinct blends and flavors of food, music, festivals and cultures. In the biological world, Darwin describes this as "speciation", a process of natural selection that leads to the development of related species, each with its own attributes that make it identifiably unique.
Today, the Caribbean is a welcomed getaway for most of the world; each island, its own slice of paradise; each culture, an interplay of indigenous Amerindian, African, European and world influences.

Cascadú is a son of the Caribbean. This second son of the Escayg family, born and raised in Trinidad, is a descendant of Amerindian, African, French and Syrian parentage. His debut CD, Caribbean Odyssey, takes us deep into the soul of his Caribbean heritage with original compositions that clearly express his consciousness and vision. Not only do we get to experience this versatile composer, percussionist, pannist and vocalist but we also experience him as an enticing story teller who pulls us into the web of inter-connectedness of his world. The booklet of this CD is filled with interesting stories behind each piece of music, a welcomed map for the journey ahead and confirmation that this artist does not bask in the ordinary.

Cascadú began performing at the tender age of 6. Steeped in the folkloric music and dance of his native Trinidad, he began the study of orchestral and world percussion in 1978 while pursuing a degree in Biogeography at York University, Canada. While at York University, he played steel drums with the campus-based West Indian Performing Group and with the noted Toronto steel orchestra, Afropan. His love for hand drums and the tumbadoras (congas) in particular, led him to the study of latin percussion and he sought a period of residency with Emile Latimer of Buffalo. He attributes his early inspirations to such players as Don Alias, Tata Guines, Patato Valdez, and Mongo Santa-Maria and the more contemporary players like Paulinho DaCosta, Airto, the Escovedos and Ralph Macdonald.
His love for Latin and Brazilian music, and the desire to develop his musicianship brought him to New York in 1984 where he studied with such notables as the late Frankie Malabe, Ray Cruz, Ray Romero, and Jimmy Delgado. Cascadú delights in his memory of Monday nights at the Village Gate in the mid - late 80's, where he was able to see, hear and study the great latin giants.

Cascadú has also pursued a successful career in academia as a marine research biologist, and professor of marine and ecological sciences. His ecological awareness and love for the ocean, stems from his youth growing up in the "bush" in Trinidad, and the memory of his family spending those "long, lazy summers" at Mayaro, a beach on the south east coast of Trinidad. He has won several scholarships and participated in research expeditions with major scientific figures and organizations such as the National Undersea Research Center, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, the American Museum of Natural History and the Institute of Oceanography at the University of Washington. It is no wonder then that this musician delivers a genre of music that touches the spirit and defies categorization. Check out his composition Grouper Grounds! This piece is sure to find its way into your soul and the film industry.


Cascadú has been delighting audiences in the Caribbean and the New York tri-state area with his warm, seductive blends of Jazz and Afro-Caribbean themes for more than a decade now. As a percussionist, he has worked and recorded with leading artists in his native Trinidad like Clive Zanda, Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe and Raf Robertson, as well as,internationally renowned figures like Jon Lucien, Yvonne Roome, Elza Soares and Chief Bey.

Here are some of the things said about this artist:
"Cascadú is an artist of profound vision, ability and sensitivity" Jon Lucien
"This music has heart and integrity...the only two things that matter in the end" Kirk Whalum
"As an artist, he has found a medium that is perfect for his message-the beauty of the earth and all the folks and creatures that live on it" Cliff Furnald, New Haven Advocate

So sit back and surrender to this musician as he blends musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil and subtly infuses elements of Jazz to create a warm, lush and sensual mystique that is both exhilarating and enchanting.

This is the music and this is the man!


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Florrie ssssky- Law

Cuz we all love Caribbean Odyssey this music is a new and wonderful reason to pu
Caribbean Odyssey,is what a lot more people need to be exposed to.

Tony Behrens

Must Have
A must have CD. Put it in your player and feel the Carribean tunes melt your your stress away.

Chris

Ooooh I feel I am the Island Woman
A fabulous blend of sounds; soothing, bouyant, exciting and sensual; Rhythmic melody for the Island Woman in all of us.

Ray

Fabulous! Fantastic!!
This new CD from Cascadu delivered more than my expectation. After listening to one track on Smoothjazz.com, I immediately ordered it from the loft. Am I glad I did. Jazz lovers will enjoy the caribbean beat inherent in each track. A must buy.

OmiSade'

Everything in one musical delight
If you, like I, love the genre of cool jazz and if you, like I, have difficulty deciding what music from the Islands in the Caribbean delights your senses the most, then you will love Caribbean Odyssey. Cascadu takes you on what feels like a private musical voyage, over lush waterfalls, through rainforests and into the heat of the Savannah at Carnival time.....all in a style that will soothe the senses and invigorate the spirit. What a delight to have found this wonderful creation.

Sade'

Barakat Yisrael

I am a Trinidadian also. Luv ya man!
The CD is fantastic. I love the carribean sounds and the blends of latin and jazz. What a delight. I plan to purchase the CD. Thank you for this wonderful compilation of music!

cascadu


the music reminds me of the country life in trinidad (sweet)

pamela powell

perfect,refreshing
very refreshing carribbean sound-perfect to listen to on the plane on the way to the islands to get you ready for paradise

Sandy

"Your music takes me to a place where magic is alive!"
After listening to your music I am compelled to write and say "Thank you for sharing your soul through your music - it's just simply beautiful!" I ordered your CD after seeing it on your website - I haven't stopped playing it! I love your music. Listening to these compositions is such a reminder of how your drumming in Candelita's class would transport me to another place, another state of being.

I never read the liner notes before playing a CD because I'm fascinated with what images the music will conjure for me; and then after that I read the liner notes to see what motivation or intention the composer had. So here is what you conjured for me..East river sail made me feel wind on my face, sun, sea, sails on high, happy bliss - transporting me to the first time I went sailing, this life time, with some musician friends and their father somewhere in NY many many years ago (the name of the place eludes me...might even have been Long Island Sound).

Anansi - playful and mischievous - made me think of home (South Africa)...the rich colorful culture, spirit tales my mother told us as children from her growing up...

Between sea and sky - that's one of my favorite ones and one of my favorite places! I was just thinking a couple of weeks ago that some how even a broken heart is more bearable when one can walk for miles, suspended between sea and sky...your piece evokes that state of grace and just invites one to breathe into it and let go all...

Island Woman so warm, earthy and elegant and celebrating womanhood. I've always thought that we need more messages that support celebration/unity between womanhood and manhood than the conventional messages of power struggle between man and woman. Celebrating what makes up man and what makes up woman just puts it into the spiritual realm and invites us to be the best we can be...That you celebrated your mother, wife, daughter - the universal family of the female essence - is such a loving, nurturing, connecting, validating action.

My favorite of favorites is Grouper Grounds. It is hauntingly beautiful and touching. As it starts into the sound of the drums I find myself feeling very excited and my heart beats faster. As the song continues I have this feeling of entering sacred ground, a mystical place, the sense of the water and its depths are there, beautiful energies around me in the water. I felt a knot in my throat at times because it was so beautiful it made me want to cry in a way that renders it bitter sweet.

I'ner tropical storm reminded me of carnival time in Cape Town and Durban (in South Africa) when I was a young child. The minstrels, all dressed up in colorful garb and painted faces, would go through the streets playing music that made your feet move and released the pressures of the day...

I love that you used your daughter's drawings- they are so connected to the whole energy of your creation. Her beautiful soul shines through them.

Your music is so elegant, earthy, spiritual, warm, happy, honest. It's healing in many ways. You should do another CD and I'd buy the first copy! Your music is amazing Cascadu. At the time when I met you in Glen Cove I didn't know this side of you and it's a wonderful discovery. You know my last memory is of you is in Candelita's class and the sound of your drum transporting me to a river - I felt like I was dancing down by a river! Caribbean Odyssey has that same ability to transport me to a place where magic is alive!

I really hope you create more CDs because the world needs to hear and feel and be affected and moved by your music.

Wishing you all of the best,

Sandy

holly t

wow! this is what i've been longing to hear,will play on our radio station ain t
this cd is a must for any jazz lover,kaiso jazz is a branch of the plant that is growing,all the tracks are like the leaves.

holly t
107.1fm--trinidad
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