Music: Marimba Man Leigh Stevens' lonely calling

First of all, the marimba is not a dance, like the mambo. Nor is it a folk band, like a mariachi. Nor should it be confused with maracas, those hollow gourds filled with dry seeds that shake, rattle and roll south of the border. Most audiences could not pick it out of a percussion lineup, and concert managers flee at the very mention of its name. For Leigh Howard Stevens, to be the world's greatest classical marimbist must sometimes seem a dubious achievement.

That, however, does not keep him from rhapsodizing about an instrument he describes as an overgrown version of...

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