THE ISRAELITES are back with their first vinyl release, a brown wax 7″ with two new songs “FREEDOM TRAIN” and “RESURRECTION”. And did you miss their “Holy of Holies” CD from a couple of years ago? It’s a worship / gospel album, Continue reading THE ISRAELITES “Freedom Train” 7″ + HOLY OF HOLIES CD
The seeds of Lord Mike’s Dirty Calypsonias were planted years ago within the ska/reggae scene of Chicago. As the legendary singer of Deal’s Gone Bad, Mike toured endlessly across America and recorded three full length albums for JUMP UP Records. Mike retired from Deal’s Gone Bad in late 2003, being replaced by Todd Hembrook (formerly of Heavy Step). At this time, Mike’s calypso calling had not surfaced yet…but a few months later it came suddenly in the dark of the night! A vision! Was it an apparition of the Mighty Sparrow himself? Could it have been the voice of Lord Kitchener? We will never know exactly what occurred in the deep of sleep that night! That next morning, as the newly christened “Lord Mike”, the Dirty Calypso vision began to spring into action. Recruiting an all star Chicago lineup including several former Deal’s Gone Bad Continue reading LORD MIKE’S DIRTY CALYPSONIANS – “More” CD/10″ LP (now on OLIVE wax) – (JUMP070)
THE HYPOCONDRIACS are rumored to have been the first reggae/rocksteady band from Madrid, who recorded in the late 60’s and released one privately pressed LP that went virtually unnoticed by the press and music fans…not for musical reasons! Dave Barker and Roy Ellis are rumored to contribute backing vocals on this scarce album…if you listen closely you can hear that it could be true. The reason why people did not buy the LP from the band back in the day? Fear and superstition!
From what we know this four piece had contracted a very rare and highly contagious disease that nobody could diagnose. Because of this, fans were afraid to just touch a copy of the LP – you can imagine what that did for sales! The band had given up on live shows altogether. Copies of the LP that survived seemed to have been scrubbed clean by the owners, and also included a “farewell note” from the band, which we have put into Google translate for non-Spanish speakers:
Continue reading THE HYPOCONDRIACS “60’s ROCKSTEADY & REGGAE” LP (JUMP106) (OUT OF PRINT)
Thomas ‘Tommy Tornado’ Streutgers is a gifted Dutch saxophone player who joined the famous Rude Rich & The High Notes at the tender age of 18. Since then he has toured all over the world, making records with and backing famous Jamaican vocalists such as Alton Ellis, Dave Barker, U Brown, and The Heptones. His debut solo album “Sunrise” was released in 2010 (CD/LP from Jump Up!), comprised mostly of instrumentals, on which he is assisted by legendary Jamaican players including Rico Rodriguez, Ernest Ranglin, Winston Francis, and Dennis Alcapone. Continue reading TOMMY TORNADO “Cool Down” LP (JUMP103) (OUT OF PRINT)
If you didn’t snag your copy of his new album on JUMP UP on his 2011 USA tour, it’s time to do so now! ITALY’s top traditional ska/reggae artist returns – MR T BONE’s soulful lyrics and big trombone often is compared to Germany’s DR RING DING, but he truly is a unique singer, instrumentalist, and bandleader whose YOUNG LIONS return for 14 tracks of rootsy ska, early reggae, and funky rock steady. Fans of THE SLACKERS totally love the YOUNG LIONS’ tight groove, and after the recent Chicago show a close friend of mine said he reminded him of a cross between LOUIS PRIMA and DENNIS BROWN! Now that’s an amazing compliment indeed!
Check out the album preview! Mr T Bone’s YouTube Album Preview!
THE CROMBIES debut 7″ is out now! We debuted the single at July’s LATE BAR 2 TONE extravaganza – fans were dancing up such a storm that the DJ booth shook and made the record skip! That truly was a DANCE CRAZE! Niney The Observer’s “Blood & Fire” never sounded better, and it’s already the Chicago Fire’s new fight anthem! The flip is “Mad At The World” – a legendary tune from the early Deal’s Gone Bad days given new life! Pick up the 7″ for only $5 postage paid in the USA! Click on the image to buy! Look out for their full length on LP vinyl, CD, and Cassette this fall!
The VOID UNION is a musical collective, brought together by their love of Jamaican music styles. Their core line-up consists of current and former members of Boston soul/ska road heroes WESTBOUND TRAIN – Thad Merritt on bass, Jesse Hayes on drums, Rich Graiko on trumpet, Alex Stern on guitar, and Anant Pradhan on tenor and alto sax. Both on and off stage, the VOID UNION invite other, like-minded musicians to join in – so it’s no surprise that their sophomore full length “HIGHER GUNS’ includes appearances from KING DJANGO, ANGELO MOORE, DAVE HILLYARD, and OBI FERNANDEZ just to name a few. Continue reading VOID UNION “HIGHER GUNS” LP red vinyl (JUMP097LP) – OUT OF PRINT
Great 2010 album from ITALY’s top traditional ska / reggae artist MR T BONE & THE YOUNG LIONS! Just finished a tour of California with THE SLACKERS’ DAVE HILYARD and THE ROCKSTEADY SEVEN. MR T BONE’s soulful lyrics and great trombone playing brings comparisons to Germany’s DR RING DING, but plain and simple: if you like roots ska and early reggae sounds, this is your new favorite band!
Since 1999, Mr. T-bone has been a member of the BlueBeaters and Africa Unite, which are two of the most influential ska and reggae bands in Italy. During that same year he founded the Jamaican Liberation Orchestra, the first Italian ska-jazz band and recorded the album “THAT’S IT!” (2002). He then composed and interpreted the soundtrack for the movie “Ravanello Pallido” which was a great success in Italy. In 2002 he joined the “New York Ska Jazz Ensemble” and with them he played two European tours and recorded the album “MINOR MOODS”. In 2004 came “MR.T-BONE SEES AMERICA”. He Continue reading MR T BONE “HEROES” LP (GREEN WAX) (JUMPMRTBONE)
Brooklyn’s DUB IS A WEAPON has been on the fast track over the past few years, recently becoming LEE SCRATCH PERRY’s permanent backing band. These two superpowers clashed throughout 2006 with a sold out tour of the West Coast and Canada, and were the talk of the town at this year’s SXSW. Although many fine musicians have performed within the ranks of DUB IS A WEAPON, two men have been the catalysts since day one: DAVE HAHN, a man who has traveled the world as a guitarist with Continue reading DUB AS A WEAPON – “ARMED & DANGEROUS” LP (JUMPDUB085LP) – OUT OF PRINT
The Bullets are a powerhouse of proud L.A musicians that play an infectious groove never heard before. Showcasing the sound of classic organ drenched grooves that will cause jaws to drop, this band plays music that will remind you of the days brown eyed soul ruled East Los Angeles. Music that will remind you of the latest Pama Reggae hit to sweep London town. Formed by Aggrolite Organist Roger Rivas, The Bullets all come from previous reggae outfits that share the same definition of Reggae & Soul music. The Chicano – Jamaican connection within L.A is real! Influenced by true Los Angeles oldies, The Bullets believe its time to bring back the oh so sweet tempo & taste. This collective does not hold back on its reggae either. Shot after shot, the bubbly scratches gets the crowd swaying. Get Ready……The Bullets are here to conquer. Jump Up is extremely proud to have released this debut album! Vinyl is pressed on RED WAX! CD in eco-wallet! Buy Jump Up CDs on Amazon