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A Tribute to Reggae's Keyboard King: Jackie Mittoo

  • 1. Evening Time - Monty Alexander
    2. Drum Song - Marjorie Whylie
    3. West of the Sun - Dalton Browne/Ansel Collins
    4. Hot Milk - Neville Hinds
    5. Autumn Sounds - Robert Lyn
    6. One Step Beyond - John Williams
    7. Lazy Bones - Harold Butler
    8. Oboe - Lloyd Denton
    9. Who Done It - Keith Sterling
    10. Full Charge - Gladstone Anderson
    11. Ram Jam - Ibo Cooper
    12. Dancing Groove - Mallory Williams
    13. Hot Shot - Sidney Thorpe
    14. Napoleon Solo - Peter Ashbourne
    15. Mission Impossible - Tyrone Downie
    16. Highways - Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin
    17. Darker Shade - Paul "Wrong Move" Crossdale
    18. Clean Up - Cleveland "Clevie" Browne/Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1675

  • Credits
    ProducerDean Fraser
    EngineerRohan Dwyer

    Tributee: Jackie Mittoo.
    Personnel: Dalton Browne, Dwight Pinkney, Earl "Chinna" Smith , Leebert Morrison, Maurice Gordon, Mikey Chung, Wayne Armond, Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen, Mitchum Chin (guitar); Monty Alexander (melodica, piano); Dean Fraser, Errol Hird (saxophone); David Madden (trumpet); Ronald "Nambo" Robinson (trombone); Robert Lyn (piano, organ); Marjorie Whylie, Gladstone Anderson, Lloyd Denton, Peter Ashbourne (piano); Ibo Cooper, Sidney Thorpe, Harold Butler, Keith Sterling, Mallory Williams, Neville Hinds, Ansel Collins, Tyrone Downie, Paul "Wrong Move" Crossdale (organ); Sly Dunbar (drums); Alvin Haughton, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Rohan Dwyer.
    Liner Note Authors: Donald Clive Davidson; Joe Isaacs; Roy Sweetland; John Nash; Winston Blake; Marjorie Whylie; C. Alexander Brown; Carol Ann Brown; Keith Anderson ; Neville Hinds; Paul "Wrong Move" Crossdale.
    Recording information: Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
    Editors: Donald Clive Davidson; Christopher Scott .
    Photographers: Donald Clive Davidson; Roy Sweetland; Carol Ann Brown.
    Most casual reggae fans won't recognize his name, but the late keyboardist Jackie Mittoo probably did as much as any other artist to shape the sound of reggae in its formative years and to guide it through its mature period. As a founding member of the Skatalites, he helped bring ska to its fully developed sound, and then ushered in the rocksteady period; as the in-house music director at Studio One, he mentored and supported such seminal artists as Leroy Sibbles (of the Heptones) and Alton Ellis, and provided both keyboards and arrangements for the Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. In short, many of the artists most well-known to and beloved of reggae fans were shaped significantly by the musical guidance of Jackie Mittoo. This compilation is a warm and loving tribute, featuring new instrumental arrangements of 18 of Mittoo's most popular and enduring tunes, each of them featuring a pianist or organist who was influenced by Mittoo's playing and writing -- these include Jamaican jazz legend Monty Alexander (on a gorgeous rendition of "Evening Time"), Gladstone Anderson ("Full Charge"), Wailers alumnus Tyrone Downie ("Mission Impossible"), and Robbie Lyn ("Autumn Sounds"). Producers Christopher Chin and Donald Clive Davidson provide respectfully rootswise rhythms that get perhaps just a bit samey by the end of the long program, but never fail to provide a perfect setting for the featured players. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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