Cree Records is set to re-release jazz pianists Clive Zanda’s classic calypso jazz ‘Clive Zanda Is Here! With “dat kinda ting”- Calypsojazz Innovations’, originally released in 1975. Only 350 copies of the record were pressed in 1975 which makes it one of the most sought-after records from the Caribbean from that period today. With new distribution and manufacture being handled by German reissue speciality label Cree Records, this album — remastered and released as a vinyl LP — has the possibility of reaching a new global audience.
Clive Zanda, an elder statesman in the local jazz fraternity in the Caribbean, began his improvisations and fusion exercises with jazz and calypso back in the early 1960s when he was a student of architecture in England. On his return to Trinidad in 1971, he collaborated with Barbados-born QRC (Queen’s Royal College in Port of Spain) teacher and indigenous jazz music advocate, Scofield Pilgrim to codify the new music that was beginning to shape a new generation of young jazz musicians.
Their “proof of concept” was this album recorded at KH Studios with Michael ‘Toby’ Tobas (drums) and Michael Georges (bass) as a trio. With a new liner note essay by local music writer Nigel A. Campbell, the project overseen during the last year by Cree Records continues the renaissance of Trinidad and Tobago music of the dynamic 1970s.
RELEASE DATE: 20/10/2017