Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tribute To Studio 1's Musical Director: Jackie Mittoo

Anyone who has been following  Jamaican music over the years will come across references made to The Skatalites and Studio 1.  These two entities contributed greatly to our culture musically, and has helped put a piece of Jamaica  in the homes of many across the world.
Keyboardist Jackie Mittoo was a founding member of the Skatalites as well as the in house musical director at Studio 1 Recording Studio, Kingston Jamaica.  Though he passed away in 1990 his music and influence can still be heard wherever there is Reggae, Ska or Rock Steady being played and
in 2004 VP records released a tribute to this legendary keyboard player - Interpretations & Improvisations: A Tribute To Reggae's Keyboard King Jackie Mittoo

Quite a long name for an album (you think?). And the album it self carries on the pattern with eighteen tracks, even though it's only about 65 minutes long. Most albums these days are 55mins max (if my memory serves me correctly).
The album features cover songs that were either originally written and/or performed by Jackie Mittoo, played by some of Jamaica's most outstanding Keyboard players - Jazz Pianist  Monty Alexander, The Wailers' Tyrone Downie and Third World's Ibo Cooper to name a few. All accompanied by some of the best session musicians Jamaica has produced to date including Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespear and Glen Browne (Bass).
This is a really easy listening type of album, nice Sunday evening instrumental Reggae music. I really don't have any favorites on this album, they're all really nice songs, well produced, arranged and compiled.

If you're into the history of Jamaican music or you're just in the mood to relax and take it easy, "mellow out" this is a great album to check out.

Here's Jackie in studio doing his thing.

Have A Great day!!

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