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Pure Pleasure in the midst of Carnival

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Pedro Lezama at the launch of his Pure Pleasure CD. PHOTO: WESLEY GIBBINGS

It’s four Saturdays before Carnival 2014. Not far away, east steelband giant, Exodus, is going through its paces for preliminary judging of Panorama in two days. Andy Narrell is jazzing with Birdsong a few corners to the east and Curepe Scherzando can be heard from here if you listen carefully.

We’re at the Learning Resource Centre at UWI, St Augustine. What a time and place to launch saxophonist/flautist Pedro Lezama’s Pure Pleasure smooth jazz album.

Respected, pioneering producer, Simeon Sandiford, has something to do with this and the faithful appear. There are few people who have put their financial and professional necks on the line for local musicians spanning as many genres, pan in particular, as has this body, mind and soul behind Sanch Electronix.

Tonight, it’s Pedro Lezama’s turn. Leading pan player, Ken “Professor” Philmore’s name is on the ticket but his pans never mount the stage. Lezama apologises. The only pan you hear will come from the guy on the board in the sound control booth.

Read the full story on the Trinidad Guardian.