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Iowa City, Iowa, United States | SELF

Iowa City, Iowa, United States | SELF
Band World Funk


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"CD Review: Jumbies' Burn"

Yet another jewel in our rich, gem-encrusted local music scene, this limber, percussion-driven, guitar-less quintet generates a singular take on Caribbean/world influences fueled by a kinetic rhythm section, easy-going, all-hands-on-deck vocals, Bill Peterson's (aka the White Tornado) otherworldly array of keyboards and Stan Dahl's skittering, sprightly steelpan.
Originally fashioned from the hammered and tuned butt-ends of discarded armed-forces 55-gallon drums in Trinidad/Tobago, steelpans yield a melodious, distinctively buoyant, sun-drenched sound, and Dahl's light touch on the tenor pan nicely counterpoints Peterson's free-wheeling flights of invention -- all of which is expertly supported throughout by the muscular, polyrhythmic crew of Justin Mann (bass), Chris Wood (drums/percussion) and Creighton Gaynor (congas, etc.).
"Burn" presents seven breezy originals; highlights include the infectious party-starter "Hey You," the horn-adorned high-stepper "Critical Mass," the languid, psychedelic/reggae hybrid "Rainbow," the blue-eyed funk of "Drive," the soul/lounge "Island" and the emphatic, playful closer, "Burn Up Me."
Jumbies will celebrate their CD release Friday at the Blue Moose Tap House upstairs bar with the Steph Johnson Band and Bossa Major sharing the bill (9:30 p.m., $6 cover).
-- Jim Musser
- Iowa City Press Citizen


Flavour, 2006 LP
Burn, 2010 LP



Did you think you'd find a caribbean-funk band in the middle of Iowa complete with steel drums? Well you found it! This project was started a long time ago by two college music majors in Ames, Iowa. One moved to Arizona, both got turned on to steel pan music in different ways, and when they came back together again, the dream of starting a band was born and with the soul of soca, calypso and other caribbean styles at its heart. The music, instrumentation, and membership have evolved over the years, but Jumbies continues to pay respect to honored Calypsonians such as The Mighty Sparrow, Lord Burgess, Boogsey Sharpe, and Harry Belafonte, while also calling on influential artists from Tito Puente and Carlos Santana to Curtis Mayfield and George Clinton.