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Album Review

Here's what probably happened: these guys, several of whom are members of Jamaica's reggae aristocracy, watched for awhile as young white American bands like the Stubborn All-Stars and the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble earned a living by drawing deeply on the old-school ska sound of the 1960s, and then they decided to show those kids how it's done. The result is an album of pitch-perfect traditional ska played by the masters, with the benefit of 30 years' experience and modern studio technology. Guitarist Dwight Pinkney and drummer Carl Ayton are both members of the Roots Radics, one of the most important studio and backing bands in reggae history, and trumpeter Bobby Ellis has worked with both the Aggrovators and Bob Marley. Straight From Yard features great covers, including a fine version of the Alton Ellis classic "Dance Crasher" and the calypso-flavored "Push Wood," but some of the best tracks are the old-fashioned originals, like Pinkney's bopping "Wild Honey" and Bobby Ellis's "Yard Jam." Essential for fans of traditional ska.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The individual members of Yard Beat have an extensive history in Jamaican ska-reggae dating to the 1960s. Multi-instrumentalists Dwight Pinkney and Carl Ayton formed Yard Beat after spending a number of years working as a backing band for the likes of Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy, and Prince Far I. Accompanied by trumpeter Bobby Ellis — who previously worked for Bob Marley and Tommy McCook...
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Straight from Yard, Yardbeat
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 January 1998

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