And the timing is right on point since I’m presently in a Carnival state of mind. But then again, I’m always in a Carnival vibe.
Besides, this album brings out the beauty of pan in every facet. And I’m here for all of it.
Grammy-nominated and Juno-winner Joy Lapps returns with pan-playing mastery on her first full-length album, Girl In The Yard.
Inspired by the women behind her work, Lapps says, “The process of composing and recording this album became an exploration of how I’m able to show up in the world because of the women, especially in my community, who have supported me.”
So, let’s give it up one time for the testament, power and support of a spectacular woman in your corner.
The Toronto pannist conjures up a brew of complementing sounds with a winning melange of samba, kompa, jazz, African and Latin accents.
“Morning Sunrise” will greet you with its stirring samba vibrations. “Josie’s Smile” is reminiscent of the sweet, simple sounds from soca’s yesteryear that had you chippin’, swayin’ and enjoying a groove.
And my absolute favourite, “Breathless,” brings you straight to the French Caribbean islands with every roll of Lapps’ wrist and accompanying piano riffs.
Lapp is surrounded by a well-rounded and solid band that compliments her every note (including Grammy Award-winning drummer Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy), pianist Jeremy Ledbetter and her sisters Shaquilla Alexander and Asha Lapps).
Girl In The Yard is a wonderfully audible trip across the world—pan roots, culture and all.
ByBlacks Rating System:
BBBB Extremely Good
B Don't bother listening