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by Chris May
Another treasure trove of near-lost, jazz-infused, Caribbean-based masterpieces from the label which is bringing us the London Is The Place For Me series. This time the focus is Jamaica during the '70s and the sublime blackism melange that was Cedric Im Brooks' Light Of Saba band. Ska, hard bop, mento, Afrobeat, highlife, dub, roots reggae, and Rasta grounation music are fused together in an utterly unique, easy-skanking fashion that makes you want to shout for the joy of being alive.read more
by AAJ Staff
Cedric Im Brooks & The Light of Saba Cedric Im Brooks & The Light of Saba Honest Jons Records 2003
Horns have almost always been delegated a background role in Jamaican music, and even as such not a particularly interesting one anyway. Guitars and keyboards have historically been far more dominant for both reinforcing the afterbeat and filling solo space. And so saxophonist Cedric Brooks, maybe the most prominent horn player in the history ...read more