Hi-Bop Ska

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Over the years, the Skatalites went through their share of personnel changes. In the 1990s, their lineup ranged from newcomers to survivors of the band's classic 1960s lineup, including saxmen Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, and drummer Lloyd Knibbs. But the 1990s personnel were quite faithful to the spirit of the 1960s band, and Hi-Bop Ska bears that out. Recorded 30 years after the breakup of the original Skatalites, Hi-Bop Ska finds the band's blend of R&B, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music continuing to sound healthy and exuberant. On this project, the Skatalites are joined by distinguished guests who range from Jamaican icons Toots Hibbert ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Over the years, the Skatalites went through their share of personnel changes. In the 1990s, their lineup ranged from newcomers to survivors of the band's classic 1960s lineup, including saxmen Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, and drummer Lloyd Knibbs. But the 1990s personnel were quite faithful to the spirit of the 1960s band, and Hi-Bop Ska bears that out. Recorded 30 years after the breakup of the original Skatalites, Hi-Bop Ska finds the band's blend of R&B, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music continuing to sound healthy and exuberant. On this project, the Skatalites are joined by distinguished guests who range from Jamaican icons Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals fame and Prince Buster to such jazz improvisers as trumpeter Lester Bowie, saxman David Murray, pianist Monty Alexander, and trombonist Steve Turre. Bowie and Murray were best known for avant-garde jazz, but you won't find any dissonant, quirky outside playing on this album; from Alexander's "Renewal" and Murray's "Flowers for Albert" dedicated to free jazz explorer Albert Ayler to remakes of "Man in the Street" and "Guns of Navarone," the music on this mostly instrumental CD is quite accessible. The jazz guests get room to blow, but they are aware of the fact that Hi-Bop Ska is a ska project first and foremost.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1994
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351451927
  • Catalog Number: 45019
  • Sales rank: 163,221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guns of Navarone (6:52)
  2. 2 Flowers For Albert (5:18)
  3. 3 Ska Reggae Hi-Bop (8:21)
  4. 4 You're Wondering Now (2:48)
  5. 5 Everlasting Sound (5:25)
  6. 6 African Freedom (5:40)
  7. 7 Man In The Street (4:48)
  8. 8 Split Personality (5:27)
  9. 9 Renewal (6:58)
  10. 10 Nelson's Song (6:20)
  11. 11 Burru Style (7:38)
  12. 12 Ska Ska Ska (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Skatalites Primary Artist
Monty Alexander Primary Artist, Piano, Melodica
Toots & the Maytals Vocals
Lester Bowie Trumpet
Doug Munro Hand Clapping
Roland Alphonso Tenor Saxophone
Doreen Shaffer Vocals
David Murray Tenor Saxophone
Nathan Breedlove Trumpet
Lloyd Brevett Bass
Prince Buster Vocals
Val Douglas Bass
Devon James Guitar
Lloyd Knibbs Drums
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Larry McDonald Percussion
Britt Savage Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Steve Turre Trombone
William D. "Smitty" Smith Organ, Piano
Will Clark Trombone
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Doug Munro Producer
Peter Beckerman Engineer
Devin Emke Engineer
Joe Ferry Producer
Tommy McCook Producer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Rick Angelori Engineer
Randall Grass Producer, Executive Producer
Don Snowden Liner Notes
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