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Andy Narell


Andy Narell introduced the metal drums to jazz being a single instrument, playing not merely Caribbean and Latin melodies but R&B, funk, plus some straight-ahead jazz. After graduating from the College or university of California, Berkeley, in 1973, he founded the Hip Pocket label (which became connected with Windham Hill) and it has recorded frequently both being a leader so when a sideman since. In 1995, Andy Narell became a co-leader from the Caribbean Jazz Task alongside Paquito d’Rivera and Dave Samuals, an ideal shop for his virtuosic and colourful playing. After that, Narell provides released a small number of recordings including, amongst others, Reside in South Africa in 2001, Passing in 2004, and Tatoom in 2007.

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Full Name Andy Narell
Profession Film Score Composer
Education University of California, Berkeley
Nationality American
Music Groups Caribbean Jazz Project, Sakésho, Montreux
Music Songs Jenny's Room, Dis 1. 4. Raf, Coffee Street, Sea of Stories, Play One for Keith, Tatoom, We Kinda Music, Dee Mwa Wee, Blue Mazooka, Chocolat Fog, Little Secrets, Hannibal's Revenge, Song for Mia, The Long Way Back, Forward Home, Natty Stick, Bacchanal, Izo's Mood, Canboulay, Mpule, Kalinda, Sugar Street, Rainorama, Chakalaka, Baby Steps, The Hammer, Light in Your Eyes, You the Man, Tabanca, Once a Dancer, Oskar's New Drum, The Last Word
Albums The Caribbean Jazz Project, The Long Time Band, Oui Ma Cherie, Live in South Africa, Fire in the Engine Room, The Passage, Behind the Bridge, Little Secrets, Dis 1. 4. Raf (feat. Janysett MC Pherson), Tatoom, Hidden Treasure, The Hammer, Stickman, Island Stories, The Gathering, Afro Bop Alliance, Down the Road, Slow Motion, Light in Your Eyes, Up Close Volume 3
Movies Pan! Our Modern Odyssey, Signal 7

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People: A Musical Celebration 1995 TV Movie "The Body Song", "Festa Brasilera"
The Firm 1993 performer: "Out Of The Blue", "Down De Road" / writer: "Out Of The Blue", "Down De Road", "Dance Class"
9½ Weeks 1986 performer: "The Strayaway Child"



PAN! Our Music Odyssey 2014 Documentary
Signal Seven 1986

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 musician: steel drums
Ed Wood 1994 musician: Latin keyboard



Live at the Quick 2002 Video documentary Himself - Steel pannist / Keyboardist

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