Friday, November 4, 2011


Artist : Tommy McCook
Album : Dubbing With Horns
Year : 2011
Genre : Reggae
Source : CDDA
Label : jamaican recordings
CatNr : JRCD043
URL : n/a
Date : 04-11-2011
Quality : VBR
Size : 74,2 MB
Time : 58:23 min

01 tommy's hop 02:49
02 take this fruit 03:27
03 jumper's dub 02:47
04 dub creation 03:47
05 merry up 04:31
06 aggrovating horns 03:14
07 dub train 02:18
08 classical rockers 02:59
09 waltzing rockers 03:16
10 chant down babylon with horns 03:25
11 blowing up a storm dub 03:22
12 dub fever 02:37
13 dub for ethiopia 03:27
14 wailing dub 03:46
15 winning dub 02:29
16 far east dub 03:16
17 ladies man dub 03:14
18 high noon dub 03:39

Tommy McCook founding member of the legendary group The Skatalites and
the master session musician has left his mark over all the different
styles of Jamaican music. The big band sound that lead to the beginning
of Ska, to the forefront of Rocksteady and throughout the various stages
that Reggae music would mutate itself into. All carrying Tommy McCook's
distinctive stamp that always added a flavour to the songs style. *
Tommy McCook (b.1927,Havanna, Cuba) came to Jamaica with his mother from
Cuba aged 11 and entered the renowned Alpha Boys School for
underprivleged children, a school that placed great emphasis on musical
tuition. At the tender age of 14, such was his talent he had left to
join Eric Deans Orchestra and took on stints with other bands led by Don
Hitchman and Roy Coburn. All the bands played in the Swing and Jazz
style of the times. He relocated to the Bahamas in 1954 where he further
developed his Jazz technique and on his return to Jamaica in 1962 began
working with Coxone Dodd's Studio One and became involved in the
development of Ska. His knowledge of Jazz, R & B and Jamaican musical
forms helped set the tone for the group of musicians he was working with
and would name as The Skatalites. * The group consisting of Don Drummond
(Trombone), Roland Alphonso (Tenor Saxophone), Jackie Mittoo (Piano),
Lloyd Brevett (Bass) Lloyd Knibbs (Drums) alongside Tommy himself on
Tenor Saxophone.The group would back all the major Ska vocalists of the
day and also would go on to cut a catalogue of instrumental music. The
Skatalites split up in 1965 and Tommy McCook moved over to work with
Duke Reid's Treasure Isle Studios where he formed The Supersonics. A set
of musicians under his guidance that consisted of Lynn Tait and Ernest
Ranglin (Guitar), Neville Hinds and Winston Wright (organ), Gladstone
'Gladdy' Anderson ( piano), Hugh Malcolm and Arkland 'Drumbago' Parks
(Drums), Clifton 'Jackie' Jackson (Bass) and Tommy and Hermon Marquis
(Saxophone). The more laid back sounds from 1966 - 1968 would be given
the name Rocksteady of which again McCook was at the forefront. The
1970's sound that reggae mutated to would be heavier in feel lead by
Bass and Drums with the organ pushed to the forefront.But many of the up
and coming Producers like Bunny Lee (The Aggrovators Band), Joe Gibbs
(The Professionals Band) and Studio's like the Hookim brothers Channel 1
set up had the foresight to keep using the musicianship of Tommy McCook
and his arrangement skills to enhance this new sound. * Its from this
rich period that we have compiled a selection of some of Mr McCook's
greatest cuts that featured him blowing over some great tracks, that
stripped of their vocals sees Tommy replace that with some fantastic
lead lines. We hope you agree that Tommy's Dubbing with Horns makes a
marvellous almost Jazz styled album rich in texture, but in fine
Jamaican style. Hope you enjoy the set...


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