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Big Up!, Dean Fraser's first album for Island Jamaica Jazz, finds the saxophonist reworking a number of reggae and Jamaican classics — including "Dick Tracy," "Have Mercy," "Shine Eye Gal," "None a Jah Children No Cry," "Armageddon Time" and "Natty Never Get Weary" — turning them into jazz numbers. The result is invigorating, surprising music that keeps the spirit of reggae alive while incorporating the unpredictable instrumental improvisations of jazz.


Born: 04 August 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

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

Sax player Dean Fraser has been tearing up horn sections on innumerable reggae singles, working with some of Jamaica's legends, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, since 1978. He is considered one of Jamaica's finest brass players and has developed an international following for his sultry jazz-toned reggae music. He was born Dean Ivanhoe Fraser in Kingston and began playing the clarinet at the National Volunteers' Youth Organization community club at age 12. At age 15, his teacher, Babe O'Brian,...
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