Soul Vendors – Swing Easy

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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.


6 thoughts on “Soul Vendors – Swing Easy

    eddylacey said:
    August 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    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!

      wes responded:
      August 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      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).

    wwayne said:
    September 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    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:

      wes responded:
      September 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      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.

        wwayne said:
        September 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Exactly. Thank you for your very fast and kind reply! : )

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