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. His band (aka The High Notes) plays to the point and tight, the mix sounds like the early Studio One albums where the vocal is mixed ‘behind’ the instruments as if the voice is one of those instruments. Soulful roots music, with retro styled organ riffs and sax arrangements that bring back memories of the late great Tommy McCook. “COOL DOWN” continues this roots tradition in fine style, 10 tracks backed once again with THE HIGHNOTES, featuring MR T BONE. It’s already been described as a jam session between a bunch of hornsmen from the Kingston ghetto. That’s high praise indeed!
The Limited Edition Jump Up LP vinyl features the best 8 tracks from the CD!
- TOMMY TORNADO
- COOL DOWN
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