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!
Mexico’s BRIXTON SOUNDS started in 2003, early on focusing on covers of foundation ska & reggae. Their first production “LOSING THE TIME” was recorded in 2005 and helped grow the band’s fanbase across the Mexican republic, their second recording “PISTOLEROS” from 2009 quickly brought them international acclaim. BRIXTON SOUNDS have performed with international bands such as The Aggrolites and Chris Murray, and have participated in several major music festivals in Mexico City. In 2012 long running California label STEADY BEAT released the band’s debut vinyl 7″ record – fast forward to 2017 and we here at JUMP UP get offered to release their brilliant debut vinyl full length LP. On this full length jazz is king, you get summery female fronted vocal ska, boogaloo soul influenced instrumental groovers, hot organ driven jazz roots and early/skinhead reggae. Continue reading BRIXTON SOUNDS “Fiebre, Locura & Pasion” LP – beautiful vocal jazz Blue Note ska from Mexico!
This first solo album by SIR J is full of instrumental organ-injected tunes, pop-a-top early reggae, smooth but tight guitar driven rock steady, plus magically selected shots with 50s flavors and light dub ambiances. SIR J aka Javier García Murcia has been developing his career since the mid 90s, a self-taught guitarist with a sweet and smooth sound, whose unique style is equal parts jazz and vintage 60s/70s Jamaican music.
As the leader of THE OLDIANS he has recorded four full length albums, plus has contributed with the KINKY COO COO’s (ska-soul-reggae), THE JABS (raw reggae), THE AGGRONAUTS (early & soulful reggae), LORD KAYA (60s ska), FLIGHT 404 (early reggae), RUBEN LOPEZ & THE DIATONES (rocksteady, reggae), and THE CATALONIANS (ska-jazz) just to name a few! Continue reading SIR J & THE KINKYLAB ALL STARS “Sounds From The Vulcano” LP – OUT OF PRINT