GLITZY PREMIERE FOR GREENIDGE CD – From the Heart
December 18, 2003
Despite menacing weather, competing corporate Christmas events
overwhelming noise from what sounded like one helluva fete at the
door (the Prime Minister's official residence), the world premiere
Greenidge's CD From the Heart proceeded Saturday night,
wowing its Under the Trees audience at Hotel Normandie.
Accompanied by Ralph MacDonald & The New York All Stars, a
nine-member band of internationally famous musicians (further
enhanced by local percussionist Tamba Gwinde), Greenidge played
every song from his new CD in the show's second half, falling in
after the New York All Stars delivered three
MacDonald originals, and continuing non-stop for more than 70
The audience, which braved the last of Saturday's marathon rain
to get to
The Normandie was, in a pre-show sequence, entertained by ten
Keisha Codrington, before taking their seats in front of a set
Gillian Bishop (The Signature Collection) for the three-hour show.
Among the notables supporting the pan event were Public Utilities
Environment Minister Pennelope Beckles, Hilton Trinidad general
Khan, Pan Trinbago president Patrick Arnold (and several members of
executive), former pan president Owen Serrette, deputy chairman of
Carnival Commission (and Exodus manager) Ainsworth Mohammed.
In the first act, Sprangalang, infinitely more popular as a
astonished his audience with an informed monologue on the annual
Panorama competition, stuffing detail into the 10-minute piece at no
sacrifice of his trademark laugh-a-minute lines, which were cleverly
into incisive comment on the event's 40-year history.
Fresh from her triumph at the Caribbean Junior Steelband Music
held eight nights earlier in Antigua, Mia Gormandy, now national and
regional champion soloist, showed precisely why she got the judicial
playing Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Flight of the Bumble Bee" and Stevie
"Master Blaster"; earning rapturous applause.
Next up was veteran calypsonian Lord Superior, accompanying
guitar, rendering "Ah Want to Beat a Pan", the 1968 story of a young
response to parental questions about career options. He then did
"Standardise Pan", a still extant call some 30 years after first
went even deeper into his catalogue to compare comment between the
then and today's anxieties, in a satirical song called "Crime Does
Greenidge, who performed the national anthem as the curtain
to close the first act, backed only by New York All Stars
Clinton Crawford, with a medley of his earlier compositions,
interpretations of Errol Garner's "Misty" and Eden Ahbez's "Nature
plus a scintillating work called "Variations on Pan in A Minor"
Kitchener's hit song.
Act Two opened with The New York All Stars doing three MacDonald
"Mr Magic", "Homegrown" and "Quickski". Greenidge then returned to
premiere the work from the CD From the Heart. He played "If I Never
See You Again" and the title song, before Grammy-Award winning
vocalist Nadirah Shakoor joined to render the breakout track "Love
Me Up in the Morning".
We then heard "My Heart" and the first of the Panorama offerings
Horse" before Shakoor returned to deliver "Just the Two of Us", a
originally written in tribute to Trinidad and Tobago and "Paradise
ushering Shakoor back to the stage for "Kiss Kiss" in which
vocals from bassist Will Lee, guitarist Jeff Mirinov and Crawford
their earlier interventions.
Greenidge did a stirring solo interpretation of Hoagy
"Stardust", following it with "Rosie", another of the preferred
songs, this one the intended show-closer, although the audience
none of that and demanded an encore; getting "All Night Long" as the
ended and patrons formed a line to get their CD purchases
Saturday's world premiere of From the Heart was produced by Terry
for executive producers Ralph MacDonald, Robert Greenidge and Fred
The show is scheduled for travel to several countries early in
2004 as part
of continuing promotion for the release.