James Reese is incredible. Trombonist, bandleader, songwriter, arranger and producer James Reese never issued an album Party Favors - Various - Use Your Illusion III his Progressions band, only a series of 45s — some under his own name, some under that of his collaboraors out of Spartanburg, South Carolina on his Najma label, from the late s until the mid s.
He was as ambitious as he was talented, and his ouevre ranges from brutal, deep soul to sophisticated instrumental ballads to jazz-inflected funk. Sourced from rare 45s and multi-track master tapes, Wait For Me: The Complete Works presents both issued and Por Siempre - Tranzas - Por Siempre songs in the full-length format, in a cohesive set that shows the brilliance still arising from the American soul and funk sub-strata.
These mixes included as a bonus CD Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black)which also comes bundled with an extensive booklet detailing the trajectory of Reese and his band.
Reese recorded a couple of lowkey indie 45s in tandem with his band, The Progressions, for his self-funded Najma label during the late '60s and early '70s and then quietly slipped into obscurity. That was until Now-Again's founder and this album's curator, Egon aka Eothen Alaplatt chanced upon some Reese 45s when he was working as the manager of Stones Throw Records.
He tracked down the South Carolinian musician and licensed two cuts for the much-lauded Stones Throw compilation, '16 Funky Corners.
Mixing the group's singles with a cache of previously unissued material, 'Wait For Me' proves to be an astounding compilation that illuminates the prodigious talent of a musician whose endeavours deserved a wider audience. Reese and his band straddled the divide between soul and jazz. The standouts include 'One Girl,' a gutbucket soul ballad fronted by a raspy-voiced male singer and 'He'll Never Go,' a Marvin Gaye-esque number. The Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black) cut on the set is the Kenny Dope-mixed 'Throwing Stones,' a simmering groove ballad featuring Rosalyn Foster whose sweetly soulful vocals are framed by yearning string lines.
A revelation. Reese was a one-man powerhouse — a trombonist, bandleader, and socking soul genius when it came to the kind of tunes that really broke best on a 45 — tight funky numbers that have his local group riffing and grooving like the best work of the James Brown Band during their late King Records years — but also opening up to some other styles too, which includes a few mellower ballads that come off surprisingly well, and a few jazzier cuts — which really balance out the set with the fullness of an album.
The package features both vocal and instrumental tracks, originally done for the tiny Najma label in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Therefore he continued to write, using Jazz chords and progressions along with some occasional classical motifs and mixed those elements with danceable rhythms. James Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black) was The Long And Winding Road - The Beatles - Thirty Days Public School Band Director during those years, and during his breaks and in the band room he would sit down at the piano and work on ideas for songs.
Also, Rosalyn Foster a college student with a strong voice had joined The Progressions in I Myth You - Mark Ayres - Myths And Other Legends early seventies and James quickly began to write with her voice Danger Zone - Harold Lester - Hotter Than Hot mind.
By spring break of we were ready to go to Memphis, Tenn. Hill had moved to LA, California so James hired a drummer when he arrived. His name was Willie Hall, one of the Bar Kays drummers and he flowed with us instantly.
James remembers recording at night, and then staying up during the daytime working on the string parts. The final recording sessions that never got released were called "joker where did you come from " and "he'll never go".
Its almost criminal to think these two beautifully crafted soul songs, where musicians have put all their time and efforts into, were shelved because so called executives thought them "ahead of their time". Lead Vocals - Rosalyn Foster. Jamaica Thursday, January 23, Stone cold classic instrumental roots rockers album. King Tubby mixes most of the tunes. East of the River Nile, long out of print, is an acknowledged reggae classic, a "must have" for all serious reggae fans, world music lovers and electronica buffs.
He was so very important and yet was almost totally unknown Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black) most listeners excepting the committed reggae fan. His work with the late King Tubby and his unique melodica music had helped to define dub and "East Of The River Nile" is one of his undisputed classics. Since his tragically early death his work has gradually gained some of the recognition it deserves.
Generally he pursued Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black) pastime on his faithful melodica, but as someone who learned his trade sneaking into the school chapel to doodle on organ, he sometimes found a keyboard more melodic. Where his early hits were catchy novelties, by he was a natural mystic, and his first all-instrumental album sounds it. A strange, simplistic mood-music masterwork--calming, childish, and inexplicable.
Augustus Pablo, was one of the canonical figures of Jamaican reggae Everybody Is Drinking - Various - Танцевальный Ништяк. Titanium dub music. From the moment he emerged on the scene as a teenager with his hit single "Java" to the classics he cut with his influential Rockers band and label, Pablo made the melodica, an obscure mouth organ of European origin, an indispensable part of the reggae sound.
That instrument's piercing and poetic strains made this memorable out-of-print-classic, originally released in and rereleased in honor of its 25th anniversary, a marvel of sound and soul. Pablo and company Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black) a nondub instrumental album that serves as the syncopated soundtrack of the Rasta nation.
Along with shout outs from Perry, the Orb, and others, the CD also includes six bonus tracks and a never-before-heard version of the title cut.
All told, Augustus Pablo's "Far East sound" is still with us. This is the 46th in our daily entertainment series hig hlighting 55 Jamaicans who broke down barriers and helped put the country on the world stage. Each day, one personality will be featured, culminating Independence Day, August 6.
Jamaica was a place to dream and experiment at the dawn of the s. A wave of militant nationalism overwhelmed the country's youth. A talented musician named Horace Swaby, fresh out of Kingston College, was one of those restless youth. In he recorded an exotic instrumental called Java that reflected the raw energy of reggae. It was during that period that Swaby became Augustus Pablo.
The melodica, an unfashionable instrument that dominated Java, became his signature instrument. Java was produced by Clive Chin, his schoolmate. For most of the s Pablo was part of a visionary group that introduced a progressive brand of reggae. King Tubbys Meets The Rockers Uptown, his collaboration album with the legendary engineer, Dub No.
9 - Saafi Brothers - The Quality Of Being One (File, Album) cutting-edge dub at its finest. It was produced by Pablo for his Rockers label. Rockers was also the name of a new sound Pablo helped fashion.
He was key in introducing its biggest exponents which included a charismatic singer named Jacob Miller. At the start of the s he began working with a new wave of roots artistes including singers Hugh Mundell, Junior Reid, and Yami Bolo. Augustus Pablo died Wind In The Wires - Patrick Wolf - Wind In The Wires June at age His catalogue of mystic sounds lives on through generous reissues by independent record companies like Shanachie Records in the United States.
Significantly, Pablo's son Addis continues to honour his father's legacy as leader of the group Suns of Dub.
Pablo was also an early champion of the drum machine and often experimented with computer-generated rhythms in his later works, somehow always infusing his creations with an undercurrent of Kulay - Delicious synergy informed by the pulsating rhythms of Africa. He was born Horace Swaby inthe son of a prominent lawyer of part-Indian extraction.
But his greatest role model in music was Jackie Mittoo, the legendary keyboardist and arranger that had such a prominent role at Studio One during the early years of the Jamaican music industry. Inas the Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black) reggae style took Jamaica by storm, young Horace was anxious to begin recording. Undeterred when an audition with the Wailers band came to nothing, he continued to nurture his musical ambition by familiarising himself with a number of different keyboard instruments.
His musical aptitude asserted itself strongly in these teen years, particularly after physical difficulties resulted in long absences from school, first when a peer seriously injured his eye, and later when he contracted pneumonia.
Continued ill health saw him eventually removed from Kingston College for good. Expected to support himself, though he was still living at home, he began holding neighbourhood dances with the small sound system he established with his brother in the late s, as a means to raise a bit of income. Inreggae was a fast-paced dance music led by aggressive organ riffs and the harsh chopping of brash rhythm guitars, but a handful of insightful producers were slowing the beat in the early s, seeking greater textural depth through experimentation with other instruments.
Another step in the right direction came via his old school friend, Clive Chin, who cut the debut Augustus Pablo album in Although Pablo continued to cut material for different producers, he began producing his own work that same year, turning the Rockers label into a serious concern by Older Posts Home. Blog List. Global Groove Independent. Malagasy Divas. John Holt - Introspective Features Interviews Lists.
Streams Videos All Posts. Composed by Horace Hinds. Release Year incorrect year? Song Genres. All Genres. Reggae 7. Song Styles. All Styles. Lovers Rock 7. Song Moods. All Moods. In the Light. In Fine Style. Rockers Time Now. Johnny Clarke. Children Of Israel - Various - Santic + Friends (An Even Harder Shade Of Black) Artists. Put the Stereo On. Gappy Ranks. Fight This Feeling feat. Beres Hammond - Single. Problems Horace Andy.
Jah Guide Big Joe. Lovers Mood Augustus Pablo. Chalice Blaze Jah Yin And Yang - Various - Best 4 Games. I'll Be Around Gregory Isaacs.
Happy Independence Day, Ghana! Nursery Boys Go Ahead! Abaraka 77 Original Band Led by P. Miller Accordeon Vol. Band Vol. Wasif - Andaleeb M.
Spanish Psychedelic Grooves holywarbles. Band - Vol. New Spirits! Percussive Pop and Crazy Latin Bro. Bunny Lee - Jumping With Mr. Mann - The Legendary C.
Mann 2CD Nakasi C. Spanish Female Singers Vol. Dutch Archive Edition Clap! Globe Style Dancehall Vol. Daniel Owino Misiani And D. Gyasi presents B. Ball with Orna Ball E. Kenya - The Powerhouse Vol. Jazz - Monzo feat. Born Again Funk Good God! Groove Club Vol. Dairo - Juju Master I. Dairo Mbe I. Mainer - Classic Sides J. Mainer - The Early Recordings J. Frimpong - Okwantuni K.
K's No. Oppong - Adadam Paa Hie Vol.
La Noche - Various - Tuners - La Musica Del Estilo De Vida Tuning, Sultans Of Slide - Lightning Strikes, Lets Move - Burning Spear - Calling Rastafari, Anger Inferno - Human Cull - Stillborn Nation, Shangri-La - Vera Sanford - Ten Minutes To Midnight, Azazel - Vrije – Alto Stratus - Azazel Eblis, Introduction-session - Miku Hatsune - Live party 2013 in Kansai (Blu-ray, Album), Mi Hijo Y Yo - Grupo Niche - Sutil Y Contundente, Ni Un Segundo - Soda Stereo - Soda Stereo, Latte - Sunset Cafe, House Of Doom (Original Mix) - DJ Pat B - House Of Doom, Boilk (Incl. Bach: Durch Adams Fall Ist Ganz Verderbt) - Egg - The Polite Force, Kino - Cabaret Voltaire - Archive (Live 1982-1986) (File), En Vakker Dag - Vestlandsfanden - Livets Glade Plommer, Rob Alcock & Tommy Gillard - Second Nature