On 2011's Kaiso, trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles examined calypso, his native Trinidad's most famous cultural export, through the lens of 21st century post-bop. The end result expanded the reach of both musics without watering down either. On Creole Soul, Charles and his group use modern creative jazz to engage 20th century Caribbean folk and pop traditions throughout the Caribbean, from Trinidad to Jamaica, from Haiti to Martinique, in originals and covers.
Southern Culture On The Skids' new studio album, The Electric Pinecones, released September 16th on the band’s own imprint, Kudzu Records. Featuring a dozen original tunes - 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, “Swamp Fox”.