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Podcast #152: 02.11.17 Mikuś Górecki Presents Jamaican Jazz Journeying

Podcast #152: 02.11.17 Mikuś Górecki Presents Jamaican Jazz Journeying

Playing tracks by

Friendship Group of Trelawny, Cedric Brooks & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ernest Ranglin, Don Drummond, Buster All Stars and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 3rd in the #roots reggae chart, 4th in the #dub chart and 22nd in the #jazz chart.

Back once again like a renegade master and shaking off those impending winter blues, we bring you a scorching hot mix of Jamaican jazz, dub and roots reggae music selected by Mikuś Górecki, band leader and producer of dub-jazz outfit Aketi Ray. Serving as chronicle of the band's influences and connections, it's a deep ranging mix of music from the Caribbean and beyond, weaving together sounds from 1960s Jamaica with more contemporary interpretations from modern day musicians. Pulling in tracks from Cedric Brooks & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Monty Alexander, The Jazz Warriors, Lee Perry, Wareika Hill Sounds, Ernest Ranglin and Mulatu Astatke to name a few, it's the perfect accompaniment to a late night evening with the lights down low. Thanks for listening.

Aketi Ray release their debut album "Ever Since" early next year through F-Ire Records, a 6-track vinyl-only album sampler will be available shortly via JahMoni Music. For more details, visit http://www.aketiray.com.

Comments

Mikus
Mikus

Thanks so much Jazz Meet for hosting this mix! Do check out the Aketi Ray website for our own productions and also my music blog for more mixes http://mikusmusik.blogspot.co.uk...all kinds of music on there, but you might particularly like the jazz selections : http://mikusmusik.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/JAZZ ... and Jamaican selections:
http://mikusmusik.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/DUB%20AND%20REGGAE
Much love

Huas
Huas

Beauty of a mix, superb selection.

Tommy Rebel

this is great thank you very much.

playjazzloud

lovely. thanks for opening my ears to all this great music!

The Jazz Meet

Extensive 'liner notes' supplied by Mr Górecki

Jamaican Jazz Journeying: Aketi Ray Inspirations and Connections

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1. Tambu - Friendship Group of Trelawny [0.00]
Starting things off with three percussion-heavy tracks, this one coming from deep in the JA countryside, a minute-long early field recording of a session played on tambu drums - supposedly unique to the Trelawny area of Jamaica.

2. Occupation - Cedric Brooks & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari [1.03]
One of the many allumni of the Alpha Boys School, which taught so many of Jamaicas best players, Cedric's fusing of jazz and pure Rasta music has little parallel. This cut has him leading on sax over a nyabinghi rhythm.

3. Earth Sound - Ernest Ranglin [3.32]
Ernest Ranglin’s legacy in pushing Jamaican music in all kinds of interesting directions is second-to-none (his records with African musicians are particularly well worth checking out).This recording is less about showing off his great guitar playing as it is exploring what can happen when Jamaican jazz meets Jamaican drumming.

4. Last Call - Don Drummond [5.58]
Moving into three killer ska tracks back to back, with Don Drummond leading the Skatalites in this classic piece. The Skatalites perhaps more than anyone deserve credit for cementing the role of jazz playing within JA's dancehall music, and for then taking that sound worldwide.

5. Hey Train - Buster All Stars [9.05]
For all the credit that the Skatalites rightly get, Prince Buster's house band were just as firing, with a line-up that included the likes of Ernest Ranglin and Rico Rodriguez.

6. Cleopatra - Roland Alphonso & The Studio One Orchestra [11.39]
One final golden era ska foot-stomper, Roland Alphonso leading on sax on what you could even call a proto-ethio-ska-jazz workout, if you really wanted! Supposedly the Studio One Orchestra was formed from The Skatalites after Don Drummond's confinement to Bellvue over the death of his girlfriend.

7. Barbados - Jazz Jamaica [14.18]
Keeping it ska but bringing it to London three decades later, Jazz Jamaica are a group started in the early 90s by the double-bassist Gary Crosby (who happens to be nephew of Ernest Ranglin), which set out to do big-band style jazz arrangements of ska tunes, as well as ska up some jazz standards. Amazing band to see live if you ever get the chance. This recording features the late great Rico Rodriguez on trumpet.

8. Regulator {live} - Monty Alexander [18.10]
Kingston-born but US resident pianist Monty Alexander has been mixing up JA and US traditions in jazz for decades. I’ve never had the pleasure to hear him play live, but if this firing recording is anything to go by it sounds like a show not to miss. Bad tune.

9. Many Pauses {live} - Jazz Warriors [22.27]
Jazz Warriors were a London-based group which launched the careers of a generation of young musicians on to the scene - one of which was trumpeter Kevin Robinson, who plays extensively on our Aketi Ray LP. They released just one album, the landmark 1987 live recording Out of Many, One People (Jamaica's national motto). The piece of music included here is just a short extract from a much longer, constantly-changing track, Many Pauses, and features jazz vocalist and occasional Drum & Bass MC Cleveland Watkiss on scat parts.

10. This Day – Rico [24.28]
Journeying back to the 70s next for three pieces from the roots era, starting with this classic cut from trombonist Rico Rodriquez. Moving to London in the 70s Rico played a big role in building the bridge between JA and UK music, both with his own compositions as well as playing an active part on the 2-tone scene. The album this cut comes from, The Man From Wareika, is widely regarded as a Jazz Reggae cornerstone.

11. Cuts and Bruises - Pablove Black [28.33]
Killer melodica piece from multi-instrumentalist Pablove Black. When it comes to great reggae melodica instrumentals August Pablo surely wears the crown and takes credit for adding the instrument to the reggae canon, but this cut here from Pablove is perfection – hard pressed to think of another time a melodica sounded so good.

12. Return of the Super Ape - Lee Perry [32.00]
In interviews Lee Perry often cites jazz as the music that inspires him the most, and even when his music doesn't have the solos of jazz, it so often has the experimental, rule breaking attitude. In this cut it does both. Amazing record - pure inspiration as to what can be done.

13. The Breadwinner - The Breadwinners [35.24]
As far as I'm concerned there is only one person out there who has carried on the works of Lee Perry at the Black Ark faithfully, and that’s Al and the Breadwinners camp out of Manchester, England. I especially love their instrumental tracks, often featuring Sally on all horn and wind parts. Really recommend checking their catalogue. Sublime.

14. Dub Me Tender - Dub Colossus [37.46]
Keeping it in the UK with Nick Page and his Dub Colossus band, who made a splash with the dub records they recorded in a small flat in Addis Ababa that fused dub traditions with Ethiopian music. This one here however is a completely stripped-back, near-drum-free, space-dub affair, that has a wisp of Ethiopia as well as a touch of US free jazz about it.

15. Ephemeral - Aketi Ray [41.34]
One last one from the UK, this one from us, the opening track from the forthcoming Aketi Ray LP 'From Ever Since'. Dubwise, flying cymbal rhythm, led by the wonderful sax playing of Nico Rouger, and backed by Kevin Robinson on ghost-trumpet!

16. Blood of Africa - Natty Locks + King Tubby [46.04]
Continuing with a couple more sax led cuts here, the first a massive tune to me personally - the opening track from the first dub LP I ever heard and owned, Tubby meets Perry at the Grass Roots. Some great playing on that record: as much an album of instrumentals as of dubs.

17. Man A Lion - Disciples Riddim Section meets Digistep [48.41]
Switching gears and moving to 21st Century London with this great digi cut. Modern roots from the UK at its best. Big up Kullar and the Roots Youths crew.

18. Roots Version Wise - Sky Nation [52.10]
Back to 70s JA with this powerful percussion and horn section roots work out.

19. Proverbs Dub - Wareika Hill Sounds [55.36]
Wareika Hill Sounds is a really great modern project, led I gather by Calvin Cameron of Count Ossie’s Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari and The Light Of Saba fame. All the material they've put out has come out on Honest Jon's label so I expect there's a key London connection to this. Its new music but taps spirits of the past, without feeling in any way dated.

20. Distant Drums Version - Family Man & Knotty Roots [59.15]
Moving into three tracks back to back here with some heavy roots and culture conscious vibes, this weighty drum, bass and horns piece is a version to Vivian Jackson and The Defenders Love Thy Neighbour, and credited to legendary bass player and co-producer player Aston Barrett.

21. Jah Irror - Jah Bast & The Shades [62.31]
One of my favourite records from recent years, perhaps surprisingly, out of Switzerland - going to show there are no borders in music! Lovely playing on all their cuts, but I particularly like the message on this one (a rare vocal track on this mix), and it’s a message that is shared with the next track....

22. Mirror - Aketi Ray [65.44]
The second Aketi Ray track featured, and like the track before, this one’s all about reflection and knowledge of self! This one is out on a 12inch on Steppas Records - look out for the video too! Should find it on the Aketi Ray website / youtube.

23. Nuh True - Ernest Ranglin [69.41]
Turning a corner here with a track from an Ernest Ranglin album he recorded in Senegal with Baba Maal's firing band. It’s a beautiful record, effortlessly fusing his playing with that of these Senegalese greats. It’s the use of percussion that's been particularly influential on the Aketi Ray sound.

24. Né la Thiass - Cheikh Lô [75.52]
While we're in Senegal I need to play one more from there - Cheikh Lô fuses music from all over... I find this one particularly beautiful, and can't get enough of the talking drum on this. A big inspiration.

25. Mulatu - Mulatu Astatke [80.37]
Staying in Africa, the Ethio-jazz sound is a key influence, and Aketi Ray's sax player Nico Rouger plays in two Ethio jazz acts, Addis Quartet and Krar Collective. We've definitely tried to bring some of Mulatu's flavour to the music we're making.

26. Jericho Jazz - Roy Burrowes, Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis [85.34]
Back to JA, and maybe even carrying over the slightest touch of that Ethio flavour from the last track, a wonderful jazzed-up version of the classic Studio One Jericho Rock rhythm. The album this comes off, Reggae Au Go Jazz, is a must for you if you've listened this far and liked what you've heard!

27. None A Jah Jah Children No Cry - Dean Fraser [88.36]
Dean Fraser has been flying the reggae jazz flag for decades, and this is taken from a late 90s recording on the short-lived, but quality Island Jamaica Jazz label. A wonderful version of the Ras Michael classic cut. Serious music!

28. Call On His Name - Aketi Ray [96.40]
A final Aketi Ray track here, forthcoming on the album 'From Ever Since'. Flute, talking drum and piano in a thankful interaction.

29. Manasseh meets The Equalizer - Looking Glass Dub [100.32]
Wanted to finish off on a Manasseh track. Nick Manasseh's radio shows on Kiss FM in the 90s were absolutely instrumental in opening up the world of Jamaican music to me (and many others!), and he's an excellent producer in his own right too. A big influence in every way.