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Skaravan
Jazz Jamaica
Skaravan
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
 
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Recorded in 1993, it took three years for this to see the light of day in the U.S.--until the ska explosion had started. But although the Skatalites are an obvious reference point (this band even includes trombonist Rico R...  more »

      

CD Details

All Artists: Jazz Jamaica
Title: Skaravan
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hannibal
Release Date: 7/2/1996
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 031257139724, 5025034160129

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Recorded in 1993, it took three years for this to see the light of day in the U.S.--until the ska explosion had started. But although the Skatalites are an obvious reference point (this band even includes trombonist Rico Rodriguez, a former Skatalite), this definitely isn't the junior version. Sure there's some of the same material, but Jazz Jamaica's sound is rooted in the more complex rhythms of reggae, using that as a jumping-off point to the infinite spaces of jazz. The originals cook beautifully, and their version of Charlie Parker's "Barbados" fairly sizzles with enthusiasm and skill. The rhythm section is as supple as willow, and the soloists are as inventive and melodic as you could hope. The ideal mix of fire and skill. --Chris Nickson

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CD Reviews

Nice Ska/reggae in a Jazz vein
02/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A very nice album by an all star band. Maybe not for the person who already has a lot of instrumental ska records, but still a very good one at that. One of the standout tracks here is the Don drummond song "Don Cosmic", which has Rico Rodriguez playing trombone, probably the only musician able to do Don justice since his unfortunate death."