Gearbox - GB1509 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 5065001717079
All Analogue Valve Mastering - 500 Copies Limited Edition - 1st Time On Vinyl
The 30-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars big band – featuring a sprawling lineup of younger and older British jazz musicians under led by double bassist Gary Crosby! Here they seek to creative a balance between Caribbean music and classic American jazz and big band – and they pull it off quite well! The group includes vocalist Juliet Roberts, guitarist Alan Weekes, pianist Alex Wilson, alto sax player Soweto Kinch, tenor Denys Baptiste and many more – an army of trumpets, trombones and sax, sweet vibes, percussion and rhythm.
The 2001 recordings are released on vinyl here for the first time ever!
Includes "Balls Of Fire", "My Boy Lollipop", "Again", "Footprints", "Liquidator" and "Medley: (Love Theme From) The Godfather/Al Capone
The ultimate team playing high energy big band jazz-ska sounds, this is the first vinyl release of the successful 2001 CD outing. Mastered at Air Studios, directly off the original analogue tapes, this band featuring multi-award and Mercury Prize winning players Gary Crosby (Bass), Denys Baptiste (Tenor), Soweto Kinch (Alto), Alex Wilson (piano), Alan Weekes (guitar) and Juliet Roberts (vocals), amongst many other notable jazz musicians, is a must have for any vinyl collection. WOMAD festival openers 2011!
The Jazz Jamaica Allstars, founded and led by bassist Gary Crosby, is a powerful British big band that pays tribute to Crosby's roots in Jamaica. The orchestra utilizes reggae and other rhythms from Jamaica along with advanced post-bop solos on top of the spirited ensembles. Juliet Roberts has three lightweight pop vocals but otherwise the music is pretty jazz-oriented. No less than 20 of the sidemen have solo space including saxophonist Andy Sheppard, vibraphonist Orphy Robinson and trumpeter Guy Barker, but it is the unusual sound of the ensembles that really stands out.
Think of it as a safer version of the Brotherhood of Breath mixed in with the Mingus Big Band and one gets an idea about this group's potential. Well-worth checking out.
Jazz Jamaica was the brainchild of bass player Gary Crosby (b. 26 January 1955, London, England), who in England in 1991, inspired by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music and the largely improvisational nature of jazz, turned his concept into a reality. He enrolled a number of talented young musicians from the jazz and reggae circuits, including himself on double bass, Clifton ‘Bigga’ Morrison (keyboards), Alan Weekes (guitar), Kenrick Rowe (drums), Tony Uter (percussion) and a horn section featuring the legendary Rico Rodriguez (trombone), Tan Tan (trumpet), and Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose (alto saxophone, flute). The band have toured extensively, playing worldwide festivals from 1993 to the present day. In 1993, the Roots and Reminiscence Tour included performances from Crosby’s uncle, Ernest Ranglin, and Marjorie Whylie, who played the piano, provided vocals and followed in the tradition of an African griot as the storyteller. Also featured on the tour was Lord Tanamo who performed in his own distinctive style. Following the tour the band set up workshops specifically for elderly Caribbean expatriates, although these were, in fact, attended by a cosmopolitan audience encompassing all ages and races.
Ball Of Fire
My Boy Lollipop
Medley: [Love Theme from] The Godfather /Al Capone
In House Mastering on Vintage & Modern All Analogue Valve Mastering
Haeco Scully lathe, Western Electric cutting amps and head; Maselec master control, EQ and de-esser; original Lang Pultec EQ; Urei high and low pass filters; fully restored Studer C37 and ex Decca Philips Pro51 tape machines; Nagra SN stereo reel to reel for field recording; Telefunken U73b compressor/limiter; Telefunken V72 and V76 mic preamps; Audionote 211 valve monitoring amps, speakers and turntable