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A respected jazz guitarist, Ernest Ranglin is one of the foundation musicians for Jamaican ska and reggae, and his contributions at the legendary Studio One have earned him the right to cross genres at will. This collection is a reissue and remix of his 1977 album Ranglin Roots, with added tracks that more than double the length of the original release without breaking or shifting its tone. This is probably the funkiest of Ranglin's albums and horns predominate (played by veterans Cedric Brooks, Dean Fraser, Herman Marquis, Joe McCormack, Jackie Willacy, Todd Schwartz, and Mark Feinberg), with Ranglin's light, fluid guitar runs slipping in and out of the gaps in seemingly effortless fashion. Although he hints and occasionally leans on Jamaican rhythms, Ranglin is first and foremost a jazz player, and he creates on this, and his other albums, a sort of Caribbean pop jazz hybrid that is his alone.

Biography

Born: June 19, 1932 in Robin's Hall, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A pioneering force behind the rise of Caribbean music, guitar virtuoso Ernest Ranglin was born in Manchester, Jamaica, in 1932. He began playing ukulele as a boy, soon graduating to guitar; while in his teens he began performing live both locally and in the Bahamas, often in tandem with the young Monty Alexander. Ranglin's session work at the famed Studio One helped give birth to the ska phenomenon, which during the late '50s began taking Jamaica by storm. He finally began attracting international...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Mar 19, 2002

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