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Victor Provost: Bright Eyes

Victor Provost album cover

Victor Provost started his musical life in the Virgin Islands, steel drumming along with the horn players he heard on his father's Cannonball Adderley, Chick Corea and Joao Gilberto  records. He studied hard, toured with Paquito D'Rivera, came to the U.S. intent on blending his Island Roots with jazz.  His success  is "Bright Eyes", a new recording, alongside pianist Alex Brown, brother Zach on bass, drummer Billy Williams, Jr. There's a most impressive guest list too, including Paquito D'Rivera, vibist Joe Locke, trumpeter Etiennne Charles and saxophonist Ron Blake. All the world's a stage here. Jazz funk meets Trinidad, bebop meets Bahian and a calypso too. Victor Provost honors the tradition of the pans, but pushes forward to engage new musical possibilities and audiences, including his young daughter Victoria Rae, whose own bright eyes inspire her Dad to share his artistry with us.

-Gary Walker


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