BRIXTON imports: NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Step Forward” LP + “Minor Moods” LP

Two classic New York Ska Jazz Ensemble LPs from the early 2000’s are now in print n vinyl!  “MINOR MOODS”arrived in 2002, “STEP FORWARD” released in 2008. Both are stunning examples of jazz ska & reggae bliss, a mostly instrumental delight that rivals The Skatalites in the modern era!  Be it influenced by swing, boogie woogie, ragtime, big band….FREDDIE REITER’s troop are still killing it year after year!

BRIXTON imports from Spain! ALBERTO TARIN & ORCHESTRA “El Camino De Ritmo” LP / ALBERTO & DAVE BARKER LP

Do you like loungey jazz ska? Breezy Caribbean vibes, sunny warm sounds? Guitarist / band leader ALBERTO TARIN has your number! ALBERO TARIN has been releasing the finest ska / reggae / calypso sounds since 1997, he was a member of Seguridad Social from 1990 to 1996 and has played with Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Jeff Beck and John Williams. We’ve got two amazing BRIXTON RECORDS imports in stock now, both released in 2018. “EL CAMINO DE RITMO” is an instrumental delight, while “A MOMENT IN TIME” features the soulful vocals / deejay style of Jamaican legend DAVE BARKER! Stock is very limited don’t delay – summertime is here! Both these records are a MUST for fans of NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE, BRIXTON SOUNDS, and MONTY ALEXANDER’S HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS.

BRIXTON RECORDS restocks: MAROON TOWN “Freedom Call” LP + SOWETO early LP classics!

The latest import from BRIXTON RECORDS in Spain has arrived, the brand new album from UK ska legends MAROON TOWN, who were formed in the mid 80’s and created a fantastic sonic cocktail of Jamaican ska, Latin/World rhythms, hip hop vocals and modern acid jazz funky/soul styles. Maroon Town’s classic early material was featured on over 45 compilations, including releases on top European revival imprints Staccato, Unicorn, and Skank. One of our all all time favorite albums from that time was “HIGH AND DRY”, songs like “NOSTALGIA” and “POUND TO THE DOLLAR” are stone cold hip hop ska classics! That energy and feel is back in full force on this brand new album “FREEDOM CALL” – a must have for old and new fans alike! We’ve also restocked Spanish traditional ska / reggae stars SOWETO earlier two albums “SOUTH WEST TOWN” and “YOU GIVE ME FEVER”. Very limited restocks act quick!

PERK IT UP PERK IT UP – our coffee blend with DARK MATTER is back! Freshly Roasted batch has arrived!

Once again, we have teamed up with Dark Matter coffee for an exclusive blend! Act fast, in 2015 when we unleashed “PRESSURE DRIP” it sold out in 10 days. Luckily, Dark Matter had enough beans to keep it going a little longer. New batch arrived just in time for SuperNova Ska festival and we have a handful of bags left so don’t delay one minute. Once again amazing art by Chema Skandal. “PERK IT UP PERK IT UP” is a blend inspired by 2-TONE and THIRD WAVE ska – all bags come with a coozie and pin – and of course you’l get our free sampler CD too! Drink delicious coffee and discover new bands at the same time!

JUMP UP showcase in DC kicking off Memorial Day Weekend – Capital Ska & Reggae Review Friday May 24th

Blue Beat DC and Jump Up Records have teamed up to present the inaugural Capital Ska & Reggae Review, kicking off Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 24 at the Songbyrd Music Café. Washington DC’s traditional ska-jazz legends Eastern Standard Time will be celebrating the release of their brand new studio album “Time For Change” alongside The Fuss, Scotch Bonnets, and The Loving Paupers.

The Capital Ska & Reggae Review will showcase Washington DC’s finest vintage Jamaican sounds; all four bands take the classic style in their own distinct musical directions. Three bands are female-fronted, adding a unique perspective and contrast to the “mainstream” ska sound of the 90’s. The night will also feature an all star cast of DJ’s including Chicago’s Chuck Wren, head of top US imprint Jump Up Records. The Scotch Bonnets, lead by Lady Hatchet, formed in 2009 and were quickly embraced by the DIY punk scene, teaming up with H.R. of Bad Brains and Roddy Radiation of The Specials to record and tour. Their debut single included a cover of the Evens (Dischord), and they have been featured on tributes to The Clash and The Ramones. The Loving Paupers are a rootsy “lovers rock” reggae band featuring current & former members of The Pietasters, lead by the stunning siren Kelly Di Filippo These Beatlesque broken hearted songs are often are compared to Cat Power, Hollie Cook and Kate Bush. The Fuss deliver a British mod twist to Jamaican ska, with beautiful 3-part harmonies and a large horn and rhythm section. Lead by Andi Leo, who not only programs the monthly Blue Beat DC night but is also a well known DC scooterist. Eastern Standard Time are the elder statesmen of the DC traditional scene, formed in 1995 as a project to bring musicians from DC’s jazz and Caribbean communities together to play music based on the original Jamaican Ska. Over the years the membership crystalized into a seven-piece group primarily blending American soul and jazz with danceable Jamaican rhythms from the 50s to the 70s. Eastern Standard Time has logged years on the road, with dozens of tours throughout Europe and North America to their credit.

Capital Ska & Reggae Review
Friday, May 24 2019
Songbyrd Music Café / 2475 18th Street N.W. / Washington, DC 20009
For tickets and more info: http://songbyrddc.com/

Official Record Store Day 2019 Selection: THE SKATALITES “Greetings From Skamania” LP – green wax with poster!

First time on wax for Jamaican ska originators’ 1996 masterpiece, green vinyl edition with poster insert exclusive for Record Store Day. Produced by Joe Ferry (Big Ska Band, SKAndolous All Stars) and band leader Tommy McCook, On this set original 60’s players are still going strong – lead by the saxophone trio of Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, and Lester Sterling, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, bassist Lloyd Brevett, and vocalist Doreen Shaffer. The band revisits 60’s gems like “Phoenix City” , and “El Pussycat” while creating many new classics including “Skalloween”, “Trip To Mars” and “Skamania”. The Skatalites perfected the big-band ska sound while backing some of the finest ska and rocksteady artists in the 60’s, and this album is another crowning jewel in their lifelong goal to party like it’s 1964! Less than 75 copies exist for our mail order!

Reggae Guitar Legend’s Debut Solo album! ANDY BASSFORD “Harder They Strum” on LP vinyl / 8 TRACK TAPE

Andy Bassford, born in Hartford, Connecticut, is the reggae legend you’ve never heard of. After initially playing several years in rock, reggae, latin jazz, and country bands, he then was discovered by Horace Andy, which led to his recording debut on the classic album ‘In The Light’ in 1977. In 1980 he went to Jamaica and began playing on sessions with the Roots Radics. Soon after he joined Lloyd Parks and We The People, thus performing or recording with nearly every reggae artist of the era, most notably Dennis Brown. Upon his return to the US in late 1980’s he joined Toots and the Maytals among many others and became the house guitarist for the seminal Studio One label. Currently, Andy performs internationally in Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express reggae-jazz fusion project, with whom he has also recorded two albums. In 2003, he was honored by the Jamaica Federation of Musicians for Outstanding Contributions to the Jamaican Music Industry, one of the only-non Jamaicans to receive this award. In 2019, he won his first Grammy as a composer and guitarist on Sting & Shaggy’s “44/876”, which took the honor of best Reggae album. Andy Bassford’s first ever solo album “The Harder They Strum” pays homage to the movie and album that lured Andy into the wonderful world of Jamaican music. Continue reading Reggae Guitar Legend’s Debut Solo album! ANDY BASSFORD “Harder They Strum” on LP vinyl / 8 TRACK TAPE

THE SCOTCH BONNETS “Come On Over” LP + 7″ vinyl / CD/ Tapes – produced / mixed by Dave Hillyard & Agent Jay of The Slackers!

Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. Continue reading THE SCOTCH BONNETS “Come On Over” LP + 7″ vinyl / CD/ Tapes – produced / mixed by Dave Hillyard & Agent Jay of The Slackers!

EASTERN STANDARD TIME “Time For Change” LP – Wash DC’s Ska-Jazz pioneers are BACK! Come to the CAPITAL SKA & REGGAE REVIEW May 24th in DC!

Washington DC’s messengers of Ska-Jazz are back with a new record, their first full-length release since the critically acclaimed “Tempus Fugit” and first release since appearing on Derrick Morgan’s live album in 2017. “Time For Change” embraces the band’s signature sound of bop jazz and Jamaican rhythms, and blends this with with soul, rocksteady, and reggae Whether in a smoky jazz club or on a festival stage they always deliver a dynamic live performance. That signature flexibility has led to them becoming backing musicians for many Jamaican greats, including Derrick Morgan, Roy Ellis, Dr. Ring Ding, King Django, and Mr. T-Bone. Formed in 1995, Eastern Standard Time began as a project to bring musicians from Washington DC’s jazz and Caribbean communities together to play music based on the original Jamaican Ska. Over the years the membership crystalized into a seven-piece group primarily blending American soul and jazz with danceable Jamaican rhythms from the 50s to the 70s. Eastern Standard Time has logged years on the road, with dozens of tours throughout Europe and North America to their credit. As 2019 dawns Eastern Standard Time will be touring throughout Europe, North America, and beyond in support of Time for Change.  Heavyweight black vinyl pressing for premium audio quality. Continue reading EASTERN STANDARD TIME “Time For Change” LP – Wash DC’s Ska-Jazz pioneers are BACK! Come to the CAPITAL SKA & REGGAE REVIEW May 24th in DC!

RSD 2018: THE SKATALITES “Hi Bop Ska” 2xLP – final copies on black vinyl

This is your LAST CHANCE to get this amazing album on vinyl!!! Jamaican ska originators’ Grammy nominated 1994 album will be available for the first time on vinyl – an official selection for Record Store Day 2018! Recorded 30 years after the breakup of the original Skatalites, “Hi-Bop Ska” finds the band’s blend of R&B, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music continuing to sound healthy and exuberant. Throughout the 1990s, the band’s studio/live ranks ranged from newcomers to survivors of the band’s classic 1960s lineup, including saxmen Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, and vocalist Doreen Shaffer. The Skatalites are joined here by several prominent guests including fellow Jamaican legends Toots Hibbert (of Toots & the Maytals) and Prince Buster; jazz improvisers Lester Bowie on trumpet, saxman David Murray, trombonist Steve Turre, and Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. The jazzers get plenty of room to shine on this mostly instrumental album, from Alexander’s “Renewal” and Murray’s “Flowers for Albert” to remakes of iconic 60’s ska anthems “Man in the Street”, “Guns of Navarone”, “You’re Wondering Now”, and “Ska Ska Ska”. “Hi Bop Ska” harkens back to the heyday of Jamaican independence, when the freedom sounds of ska ruled the dancehalls. These dozen songs are an essential journey for fans who discovered ska from it’s Third Wave (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Toasters, Mephiskapheles) and Second Wave (The Specials, Madness, English Beat), but is also a wonderful addition to the band’s short lived 1960’s output on Studio 1 and Island Records. We at JUMP UP are SO PROUD to finally give this album a breath of new life in 2018 – to an entire new music buying generation that are preferring to discover classics like this on vinyl. Continue reading RSD 2018: THE SKATALITES “Hi Bop Ska” 2xLP – final copies on black vinyl