Here’s a horn based ska band from Detroit that obviously has a true appreciation for the 60s ska sound and its reflections through the 2-tone revival of the late 70s/early 80s. Here’s a cool, danceable instrumental. Flip f’real with The Articles!
“Mr. Pink” (play)
More great ska bands and their horn sections… The Allstonians from Massachusetts win it with their slick and smooth reggae horn-feature:
There’s got to be some great ska bands from a town like Austin, TX. And, here’s one of them: The Stingers give us this great one-drop reggae boned-out instrumental original from their 2004 “All In A Day” CD. It’s quite a number:
Beautiful live ambient music played on actual acoustic instruments by actual musicians. It’s a bit of a departure from The Dead Kenny G’s‘ usual set of tunes, but worth a spin.
Red Curry 27
On the band’s name:
Victor Rice keeps the roots-dub tradition alive and keeps taking it higher. Beautiful drum sounds on this one! Get your headphones!
One of the prime element in Ska Culture is, basically, hip, tastefully done “cheese.” The Braces, a talanted ska band from Europe, give us all a gourmet meal in this regard: a sci-fi TV theme instrumental!
Dubmatix – “Killing Dub”
K, if you know me a little ya know I MUST have my dub. Toronto’s Dubmatix have become a favorite of yours truly, because they have the old school dubby-dub moves down and pay tribute, but also, in the adventurous spirit of Lee Perry and King Tubby, they move the music forward with new ideas and tasty new production tricks. This one is massive and sweet.
“Killing Dub” (mp3)
from “Dread & Gold – Dub from the Smoke Factory”
(7 Arts Entertainment)
Honky – “Plugs, Mugs, Jugs”
If you’re going to have a band called Honky I hope you will have the decency to play overblown balls-out whiskey drenched cowtipping roadhouse brawling instrumental idiot rock in silly giant cowboy hats. Will you? Oh good. This rocks and it’s funny as sh!t.
“Plugs, Mugs, Jugs” (mp3)
from “Treatin’ ‘Em Right Since ’69 – A Tribute To Handsome Joel Svatek”
Dodge – “Freedom Jazz Dance”
I confess, when I saw the title Freedom Jazz Dance, I half expected an ironic indie rock send up, or perhaps a sloppy jam band abomination. What we have instead is, well, a freedom jazz dance! And it’s funky. This has a great, low swing to it and some tasty, lovingly executed leads on tenor sax and muted trumpet.
“Freedom Jazz Dance” (mp3)
Ernie Ranglin – “Satta Massaganna (feat. Monty Alexander)”
Reggae and jazz fans must check out this exquisite reading of Satta Massaganna – the Jamaican classic made famous by The Abyssinians. This instrumental version, with virtuouso lead guitar and piano featured prominently, is completely true to the original in rhythm and vibes. Magnificent work.
“Satta Massaganna (feat.Monty Alexander)” (mp3)
from “Order of Distinction”
(Milk River Music)