One of the coolest musical genres anywhere in the world is Highlife. Originating from present day Ghana, the style employs modern western instruments and draws from local folk traditions as well as a strong Afro-Cuban influence. And one of Highlife's primary standard bearers the past 60+ years has been Ebo Taylor, a guitarist, bandleader and composer from Accra, Ghana. Your song-of-the-month featuring the Panorama BRASS Band is a killer tune from Mr Taylor's repertoire called "Love and Death."

Trombonist Jon Ramm learned the tune when he played in a band in Portland, OR and brought the chart to Panorama a couple Carnivals ago. After input from several of our players, we came up with an arrangement that we thought we could manage to pull off in the streets and, like always, use to clear a path for ourselves and our krewe through the Mardi Gras crowds.

Our December 12th 2020 recording session at the Music Box Village was to be Jon Ramm's last with the band before he and his new spouse moved to Santa Fe. You can hear Jon's trombone solo on the rather spooky and moody "Muziqawi Silt," your song-of-the-month for March. Although the solo on the somewhat more assertive "Love and Death" goes to perennial show-stopper, saxophonist Aurora Nealand, we asked Jon to sneak in after a few bars and chase Aurora around the sonic environment a little bit.

Huge thanks yet again to Devin Dewulf and others in the Krewe of Red Beans/Dead Beans who paid for this recording as well as Rusty Lazer and the gang at the Music Box Village who obligingly hosted the session.

As always, thanks for listening!
Ben Schenck
Clarinetist / Leader
Panorama BRASS Band / Panorama Jazz Band
New Orleans, LA


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released April 1, 2021
Panorama BRASS Band:
Ben Schenck - Clarinet, Leader
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Dan Oestreicher - Baritone Saxophone
Jack Pritchett, Reid Poole - Trumpets
JR Hankins - Fluegel Horn
Jon Ramm, Colin Myers - Trombones
Shaye Cohn - Alto Horn
John Gerken, Susan Sakash - Tenor Horns
Jimmy Williams, Todd Burdock - Sousaphones
Boyanna Trayanova - Snare Drum
Chris Davis - Bass Drum

Arrangers - Ben Schenck (Snack Daddy Music/ASCAP) and Panorama Brass Band
Recorded Dec 7, 2020, by Steve Himelfarb and Steve Chyzyk at the Music Box Village, New Orleans, LA
Edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas
Cover photo - Emily Frock
Graphic design - Ben Schenck


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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