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Ernest Ranglin

Ernest Ranglin was born June 19, 1932 and grew up in the small town of Robin's Hall in the Parish of Manchester, a rural community In the middle of Jamaica. Music has always claimed a special place In the Island's culture, and Ranglin's destiny was set from an early age when two of his uncles showed him the rudiments of playing the guitar. When they discovered just how good the young boy was, they bought him a ukulele. Ranglin learned how to play by imitating his uncles, but he was soon to be influenced by the recordings of the great American jazz guitarist Charlie Christian. Living in rural Jamaica, however, inhibited the boy's ambitions, which, even at the age of fourteen, were focused on music

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Read "Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" reviewed by David Burke

Courtney Pine didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The multi-instrumentalist eschewed the horn on the likes of Europa, House of Legends and Song (The Ballad Book), his two-hander with pianist Zoe Rahman. “I spoke to Sonny Rollins about ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

St. Germain: Refueling His Passion

Read "St. Germain: Refueling His Passion" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

This article was translated from French. Every once in a while a new album will force you to reconfigure and re-evaluate all of the definitions and assumptions one has had about music in order to realize how vast and endless the possibilities of music can be. When it comes to producer and composer Ludovic ...

NEWS: RECORDING

St Germain Announces First Album In 15 Years

St Germain Announces First Album In 15 Years

NONESUCH RECORDS TO RELEASE FIRST ALBUM IN 15 YEARS FROM FRENCH ELECTRONIC ARTIST ST GERMAIN St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Daft Punk, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled ...

Lyte Records: Dancing To Different Beats

Read "Lyte Records: Dancing To Different Beats" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Since its inception in 2007, Lyte Records has earned a reputation as one of the very best labels in Ireland/Northern Ireland for independent jazz artists and creative musicians of various stripes. What started out as a very small, personal concern for Lyte Records founder David Lyttle has grown into something much bigger; international recognition came Lyte ...

Mr. Ernie Ranglin With Soul

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2013

Earth Sound

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2013

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters

Read "Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Organist and saxophonist Graham Bond was the most important and influential musical pioneer to emerge from British jazz in the 1960s. High praise indeed, but in his case it is warranted. His legacy might be defined less by the music he recorded and more by the impact he had on subsequent generations of musicians. However, that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Wilson Trio: Alex Wilson Trio

Read "Alex Wilson Trio" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Combining live and studio recordings, original and classic tunes, up-tempo grooves and reflective ballads, the Alex Wilson Trio is a punchy, energetic, album. This is the ninth album from Wilson, but it's his first with a piano trio lineup. Wilson has released all of these albums on his own label, fitting in other projects such as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

On The Road With The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet

Read "On The Road With The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though it was only a 12-hour flight from Singapore to London, for Singaporean organist/pianist Jeremy Monteiro, Philippine tenor saxophonist Tots Tolentino, Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao and Thai drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan--who together make up the Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet--the journey has, in some ways, been a much longer one; you could say it's a journey ...


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