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Ska Wey Dat
     

Ska Wey Dat

by Ernest Ranglin
 
Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, one of the architects of both the ska and reggae sounds, and one of the island's most frequently-recorded session musicians, has actually been playing and recording for about 50 years now, and shows no signs of age whatsoever -- if anything, his playing has only gotten stronger as he has gotten older. This two-disc set of jazzy

Overview

Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, one of the architects of both the ska and reggae sounds, and one of the island's most frequently-recorded session musicians, has actually been playing and recording for about 50 years now, and shows no signs of age whatsoever -- if anything, his playing has only gotten stronger as he has gotten older. This two-disc set of jazzy ska and reggae guitar showcases consists of the relatively slick and commercial-sounding E.B. @ Noon, which was originally issued in an extremely limited release in 1999, and is here reissued under the title Ska Wey Dat; the second disc is a previously unreleased live set from the 1998 Reggae on the River festival in California, on which Ranglin fronts Floyd Lloyd's Ska Band. The two discs could hardly be more different: the first is, if anything, a bit overproduced, threatening to turn Ranglin's muscular jazz-inflected ska sound into something dangerously close to smooth jazz on tracks like "Heaven Bound," and the aptly-titled but slightly saccharine "Beautiful." The live disc, on the other hand, is a rough-and-ready romp through old-school ska and reggae tunes like "Satta Massagana" (which is given an insightful and lovely instrumental treatment), and "The Whip." The vocal tracks featuring Floyd Lloyd are less compelling than those that make Ranglin's guitar a central feature, but all of them are lots of fun. Highly recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768040526
catalogNumber:
80405

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ernest Ranglin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bob Smith   Trombone
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Sonny Binns   Organ,Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Cedric Brooks   Percussion,Horn,Tenor Saxophone,Electric Saxophone
Mikey Chung   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Glen DeCosta   Alto Saxophone
Vin Gordon   Trombone
Craig Klein   Trombone
Larry McDonald   Percussion,Bells,Cajon
Derrick Stewart   Percussion,Drums,Nyabinghi Drums
Mark Fineberg   Tenor Saxophone,Brass
Mark Liuzza   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Peter Kaplan   Percussion,Drums
Floyd Lloyd Seivright   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Jason Mingledorff   Tenor Saxophone
Todd Schwartz   Trumpet
Kimbalyn Miller   Keyboards,Vocals
King Speckle   Percussion
Aubrey Gayle   Drums
Calvin Reid   Keyboards
Tex Liuzza   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
Roland Alphonso   Composer
Sonny Binns   Arranger
Mikey Chung   Arranger
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Toots Hibbert   Composer
Paul Hussey   Engineer,drum programming
Junior Murvin   Composer
Ernest Ranglin   Arranger,Composer
David Rose   Engineer
Derrick Stewart   Composer
Donald Manning   Composer
Lynford Manning   Composer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett   Creative Coordinator
Derrick Harriott   Composer
Mark Fineberg   Brass Arrangment
Mark Liuzza   Engineer
Vince Maclean   Engineer
Floyd Lloyd Seivright   Arranger,Composer,Producer
B.D. Ray   Composer
Dwayne "Martel" Summers   Engineer
Phil Ludwig   Engineer
Kirk Hedge   Engineer
Nick Bourne   Producer
Damon Roberts   Art Direction
Calvin Reid   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
Billy Rose   Composer

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