A Whiter Shade Of Pale
We all know this Bach-inspired original song, as it is one of the top 30 best selling songs of all time. John Lennon played ONLY this song when in his Rolls-Royce. The song seems to float across genres, and now Leon Foster Thomas has captured its essence in his own style of steel pan infused jazz. The result is a fresh and beautiful interpretation that changes the way we hear the steel pan. Foster replaces the original vocal/organ interplay with a delicate and soulful conversation between the pan and the piano. It may have been covered a thousand times, but THIS is the most unique version we have heard.
A Whiter shade of pale
Leon Foster Thomas
From the great islands of Trinidad and Tobago comes Mr. Leon Foster Thomas, a steel pan virtuoso breaking new ground in the instrument's role in jazz. Now based in Miami, Foster has performed with many, from Cyril Neville to Hugh Masekela. His next full length album - METAMORPHOSIS - is cued up for release on June 3rd, and it is an adventurous and complex project that pushes both the instrument and the genre forward. Featuring appearances from David Palma, John Daversa, and Sammy Figueroa, Metamorphosis has nine original compositions and a stunning rendition of Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'. Get in here to stay up on the news.