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Travels With My Trombone: A Caribbean Journey [Hardcover]

Henry Shukman


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18 Jun 1992
From the siesta to fiesta, the lifeblood of the Caribbean is in the rhythms of the salsa, calypso and zouk. The author of this book left London for Trinidad seeking to tap some of this bravura by joining a salsa band - the heart of the islands - and this book tells of his experiences. Caught in the exhilaration of carnival in Port of Spain, jamming with a police band in Grenada, witness to the thunderous drumming in the invocation of the god Shango in Trinidad and learning an unfamiliar style of zouk for a one-night stand in Dominica, Shukman's quest to share the musical roots of the people of the islands uncovered a world of powerful eroticism, ritual and mysticism. And on the mainland, the then travel-hardened Shukman was hurled into another world of carnival in the Colombian salsa capital Cali, sang the vallenato in the plaza of the northern town of La Gloria and was awoken in Cartegena to the nightmare of being falsely arrested as a supsected drug trafficker.

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'Wish I'd been with them' --Laurie Lee

'Enthralling' --Matthew Paris

'An admirable travel book, full of vivid portraits ... fascinating ... makes me want to leave at once' --George Melly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating, wonderful book. 18 Mar 2001
By Brendan Detzner for Badgrammar.tripod.com - Published on Amazon.com
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Travels with My Trombone describes Shukman's odyssey through the Carribbean playing trombone with various groups. The best thing about the book is that it is not a traditional travelogue. Anybody reading this book will learn about the cultures and music of the areas that Shukman travels through, but the real value here comes from the skill with which Shukman reveals not only his knowledge and experience, but his confusion and bewilderment. Reading the book is to share in the sensation of being overwhelmed by the sheer difference of the world in which the author immersed himself. It's like dreaming with your eyes open. The fact that you'll be compelled to go spend your rent money on world music after you finish is just an extra bonus.
The end of the road to nowhere- Bad Grammar. Badgrammar.tripod.com.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A musical Caribbean tour of the islands. 3 Aug 1998
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Mr. Shukman started playing Latin music in his native England following a trip to South America. A classical historian by education and musician by avocation, Shukman was drawn to the Caribbean by a desire to learn more of island styles of music and to play with local bands during the Carnival season. He carried names of contacts provided by a Caribbean-born leader of Homer's Odyssey, a steel band based in London. Starting in Trinidad, one contact leads to another as Shukman journeys from island to island, gig to gig and eventually to South America. He masters different musical genres (jing ping, soca, zouk) and experiences true island life through his close association with local musicians. The only this missing from this armchair adventure is a sound track!
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