A Tribute to Reggae's Keyboard King: Jackie Mittoo

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Most casual reggae fans won't recognize his name, but the late keyboardist Jackie Mittoo probably did as much as any other artist to shape the sound of reggae in its formative years and to guide it through its mature period. As a founding member of the Skatalites, he helped bring ska to its fully developed sound, and then ushered in the rocksteady period; as the in-house music director at Studio One, he mentored and supported such seminal artists as Leroy Sibbles of the Heptones and Alton Ellis, and provided both keyboards and arrangements for the Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. In short, many of the artists most well-known to and beloved of reggae fans were shaped ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Most casual reggae fans won't recognize his name, but the late keyboardist Jackie Mittoo probably did as much as any other artist to shape the sound of reggae in its formative years and to guide it through its mature period. As a founding member of the Skatalites, he helped bring ska to its fully developed sound, and then ushered in the rocksteady period; as the in-house music director at Studio One, he mentored and supported such seminal artists as Leroy Sibbles of the Heptones and Alton Ellis, and provided both keyboards and arrangements for the Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. In short, many of the artists most well-known to and beloved of reggae fans were shaped significantly by the musical guidance of Jackie Mittoo. This compilation is a warm and loving tribute, featuring new instrumental arrangements of 18 of Mittoo's most popular and enduring tunes, each of them featuring a pianist or organist who was influenced by Mittoo's playing and writing -- these include Jamaican jazz legend Monty Alexander on a gorgeous rendition of "Evening Time", Gladstone Anderson "Full Charge", Wailers alumnus Tyrone Downie "Mission Impossible", and Robbie Lyn "Autumn Sounds". Producers Christopher Chin and Donald Clive Davidson provide respectfully rootswise rhythms that get perhaps just a bit samey by the end of the long program, but never fail to provide a perfect setting for the featured players. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645167512
  • Catalog Number: 1675
  • Sales rank: 78,587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evening Time - Monty Alexander (4:17)
  2. 2 Drum Song - Marjorie Whylie (4:34)
  3. 3 West of the Sun - Dalton Browne (4:31)
  4. 4 Hot Milk - Neville Hinds (3:33)
  5. 5 Autumn Sounds - Robert Lyn (3:16)
  6. 6 One Step Beyond - John Williams (4:24)
  7. 7 Lazy Bones - Harold Butler (4:22)
  8. 8 Oboe - Lloyd Denton (4:29)
  9. 9 Who Done It - Keith Sterling (3:57)
  10. 10 Full Charge - Gladstone Anderson (3:51)
  11. 11 Ram Jam - Ibo Cooper (4:28)
  12. 12 Dancing Groove - Mallory Williams (3:26)
  13. 13 Hot Shot - Sidney Thorpe (3:39)
  14. 14 Napoleon Solo - Peter Ashbourne (4:33)
  15. 15 Mission Impossible - Tyrone Downie (3:59)
  16. 16 Highways - Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin (3:43)
  17. 17 Darker Shade (4:41)
  18. 18 Clean Up - Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monty Alexander Piano, Melodica
Ansel Collins Organ
Gladstone Anderson Piano
Wayne Armond Guitar
Peter Ashbourne Piano
Dalton Browne Guitar
Glen Browne Bass
Harold Butler Organ
Mikey Chung Guitar
Donald Dennis Bass
Lloyd Denton Piano
Tyrone Downie Organ
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Maurice Gordon Guitar
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Neville Hinds Organ
Robert Lyn Organ, Piano
David Madden Trumpet
Leebert Morrison Guitar
Dwight Pinkney Guitar
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson Trombone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Keith Sterling Organ
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Sidney Thorpe Organ
Mallory Williams Organ
Paul Crossdale Organ
Marjorie Whylie Piano
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Ibo Cooper Organ
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen Guitar
Errol Hird Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer
Dean Fraser Producer
Neville Hinds Liner Notes
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
Paul Crossdale Liner Notes
Rohan Dwyer Engineer
Paul Shields Mastering
Marjorie Whylie Liner Notes
Ronald Davidson Art Direction
John Nash Liner Notes
Winston Blake Liner Notes
Dave Peck Composer
Joe Isaacs Liner Notes
Keith Anderson Liner Notes
Carol Ann Brown Liner Notes
C. Alexander Brown Liner Notes
Roy Sweetland Liner Notes
Jackie Estick Composer
Donald Clive Davidson Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Mastering
Christopher Scott Mastering
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