Stretching Out

Stretching Out

by The Skatalites
     
 
Sometime after the terrific U.K. ska revival exploded in Britain, led by the revered Specials, English Beat, Selecter, Bodysnatchers, Bad Manners, and (early) Madness, these 1963-1965 Jamaican founding

Overview

Sometime after the terrific U.K. ska revival exploded in Britain, led by the revered Specials, English Beat, Selecter, Bodysnatchers, Bad Manners, and (early) Madness, these 1963-1965 Jamaican founding fathers came back for a well-deserved bow. Reuniting eight out of their nine members (the other was deceased), with several flying in from the U.S. and England, the one and only good-time instrumental band, the Skatalites, returned in 1983 to the Kingston streets where they'd helped found the genre. Caught live at the Blue Monk Jazz Gallery during this brief reunion, ROIR's cassette-only release in 1986 was a happy pleasure. Now here 'tis on CD, with five songs from the same July 17, 1983, show added for good measure, necessitating two discs. This is how fans and historians like it: complete and lively. Pre-reggae Jamaican ska was much faster, peppier, and danceable, and the standard-issue, thrilling, clipped R&B horns ensured an upbeat flavor at all times. Additionally, with their lead-part jazz-styled horn solos anchored on the rocksteady groove and long, hypnotic, and festive jams, the Skatalites were and are guaranteed to spice up any blue mood, and "Freedom Sounds" and "Guns of Navarone" retain the original bounce and a smile that music can't often manage without pretense. A few more Skatalites have also sadly died, and another has retired after triple-bypass heart surgery, meaning 1983 was everyone's last chance for the original (making Stretching Out doubly documentary). However, music this positive, played this well, will never die.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1998
Label:
Roir
UPC:
0053436823729
catalogNumber:
8237

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skatalites   Primary Artist
Cedric Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Mittoo   Piano
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Trumpet
Lester Sterling   Alto Saxophone
Bubbles Cameron   Trombone

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Don Drummond   Composer
Roland Alphonso   Composer
Lloyd Brevett   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ernest Gold   Composer
Lloyd Knibbs   Composer
Herbie Miller   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Tommy McCook   Composer
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Composer
Mongo Santamaría   Composer
Lester Sterling   Composer
Paul Marotta   Remixing
Ned Sonntag   Poster Design
Alejandro Tovar   Composer
Jerome Hines   Composer
B. Caspar   Composer

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