Comprised mainly of Swiss and French jazz musicians with a serious love of ’60s-era Jamaican music, Jah Jazz Orchestra is a superb ensemble that is as equally comfortable playing ska, rocksteady, and reggae as they are jazz. “Introducing” is a fantastic debut, recorded with a warm feel and choc full of Jamaican 60’s ska classics as well as American jazz standards. A must for fans of “laid back” Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra vibes, Western Standard Time, NY Ska Jazz Ensemble, or The (Brooklyn) Attractors. Another amazing Jamaican jazz ska classic came out in 2017 from Swedish band WILD MAN RIDDIM, their second album “Worldwide Frequency” “is the result of many spontaneous improvisational moments. The whole album was recorded in the old fashioned way: live, on tape, in 7 hours, and reflects WMR as they further explore the links between ska, jazz and reggae, showing without complexes the bridge they have built that spans from the tradition of the Scandinavian jazz school to the warm passion of ska and reggae. Both these amazing releases on Spanish imprint BRIXTON RECORDS.
It’s hard to believe that we now have fourteen NYSJE albums to enjoy! Quite an accomplishment in today’s music world, and maybe even more impressive for a “modern” traditional ska band. Think back to the humble beginnings of Rocksteady Freddie when he left The Toasters to start this wonderful project in the 90s – for us it’s crazy to think that the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble was the first ska concert at the Chicago House of Blues! As always you can expect top notch jazzy arrangements of foundation Jamaican sounds, over the years the players have changed but the vibe and energy remain the same. Freddie Reiter will never steer you wrong on these ten glorious tracks! Includes a fun version of “Love & Affection” and a tribute to the late great Tom Petty with “Learning To Fly”. “Break Thru” is a great mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that covers many Caribbean styles, of course all channeled through American jazz / blues arrangements that’s unique to this long-standing ensemble. Get This! Continue reading NEW YORK SKA JAZZ ENSEMBLE “Break Thru” LP / “Minor Moods” LP
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! Dance-crashing British 8-piece, The Indecision, were raised on the soulful ska of Studio One. Authenticity coupled with deft songwriting skill, and forward thinking respect for the sounds of 1960s Jamaica, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan recently placed the band in his illustrious BBC list of the ‘Best of British Reggae’. Brixton Records proudly present the release of the first studio album of Leeds’ own The Indecision, ‘Give It Up!’ shows the maturity of a young band who assume the British ska and rocksteady tradition effortlessly, providing irresistible spontaneity to energetic and contagious tracks. Great three part harmonies and catchy songs that get stuck in your head for days! A must for fans of THE SLACKERS, HEPCAT, EASTERN STANDARD TIME and GREEN ROOM ROCKERS.
Two HOT SHOTS from BRIXTON RECORDS Spain! Following critical acclaim for their 2015 debut album “Stompin´& Rollin” and a string of explosive performances on the international stage, this whopping 18-piece Italian orchestra unleashes their self titled second album! Nine new original tracks that explore Jamaican sounds from the perspective of a contemporary big band. The three singers deserve a special mention: Freddy Frenzy and his unmistakable style always faithful to the tradition of original ska, Rosa Mussin showing her powerful and soulful range in tracks like the scorching ska tune “Share With You All” and Michela Gena who steps forward without fear in “oldies” land. Highly recommended listening! 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.
“You Give Me Fever” is the debut album from top ska & rocksteady band from Barcelona. Like in the golden era of Jamaican music, this album will make you dance, feel, and enjoy the real ska riddim. Soweto`s original songs will take you to the best traditional 50`s & 60`s tunes of Jamaica, and as a special guest you’ll find the living legend BB SETON from THE GAYLADS on two modern classics! “South West Town” is the band’s second full length from 2011, the band truly perfected their craft bringing a purist, traditional and jazz style to a new set of classics. Twelve tracks of that original ska/reggae sound that could easily have been composed in a Trenchtown yard in the early 60’s. Includes a guest appearance by Derrick Morgan too!