Posted on August 21, 2013
A skank of monumental smoothness, featuring the clarion trumpet of Johnny Moore. The Soul Vendors are post-Skatalites Roland Alphonso (sax), Jackie Mittoo (keys), and Johnny Moore.
This is one of those songs you’re sure you’ve heard somewhere, but can’t begin to say where.
This entry was posted in Music and tagged jackie mittoo, jamaica, johnny moore, music, reggae, roland alphonso, soul vendors, swing easy, trumpet.
Yupppppp! Love this rhythm. Used in so many good songs- Johnny Osborne ‘Can’t Buy Love’ and Eek a Mouse ‘Long Time Ago’ to name two highlights!
Loving that Eek A Mouse track, eddylacy. When I moved to the islands and got deeper into this music I started finding those contextual touches like these as well. Used to be even in rock & roll you’d hear one guitarist riffing on another one’s signature licks, borrowing time signatures & chord progressions, seemingly as an homage more than anything. It has been a joy deciphering those musical wellsprings for reggae too (which seems to be your thing as well).
Talking about trumpets, I love the trumpet solo that suddenly peeps out at the end of this reggae song, because it adds an unexpected and delightful jazz touch to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zOwPBykLOE.
It’s flourishes like these that make the difference between run-of-the-mill, derivative music and truly original work. This is a nice track, wwayne. Thanks for the hookup.
I identify horns with American soul music so thoroughly it tickles me in two places to hear them in other music from the African diaspora; gives me the sneaking suspicion that it’s a smaller world than any of us realize.
Exactly. Thank you for your very fast and kind reply! : )
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