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Recorded over five years in no less than ten locations, ranging from decent studios to living rooms with dozens of musicians live and overdubbed, No Dark in America represents the last will and testament of one of this country's greatest if obscure songwriters. Issued by Dualtone for Skuntry and produced by Elijah "Lij" Shaw with support from his label partner, Chris King, these 15 songs represent the great Rosco Gordon at a creative peak. Along with Brad Jones and Audley Freed, Ken Coomer makes an appearance on these sides as well. Gordon is widely regarded as the true source of ska reggae's heartbeat, based on the unique rhythmic pattern of his R&B tunes in the 1950s, like "No More Doggin'." His tunes have been recorded by luminaries such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Jimi Hendrix. The music here ranges form the startling brilliance of the title track — a whomping R&B anthem written after the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 — to a skittering, off-kilter version of "Night in Rio," the complex stroll and roll of "That's What You Do to Me," the off-key piano orgy of "You Look Bad When You're Naked," and the soul-busting ballad "One More Time."


Born: 10 April 1928 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rosco Gordon was best known for being one of the progenitors of a slightly shambolic, loping style of piano shuffle called "Rosco's Rhythm." The basic elements of this sound were further developed after Jamaican musicians got a hold of 45s Gordon recorded in the early '50s -- which were not available to Jamaicans until 1959 -- and created ska, which took its name for the sound of this particular shuffle as it sounded being played on an electric guitar (ska-ska-ska). No less an authority than Chris...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Blues, Music, R&B/Soul
  • Released: 25 January 2005

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