Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Rico Rodriguez: Two Steps From The Blues

Rico Rodriguez: Two Steps From The Blues. "...There are few hornsmen in Jamaican music who get such respect as trombone player extrordinarie, Rico Rodriguez. Essentially a jazz musician like many from his generation of 1950's players, he took those influences, particularly from his teacher and first inspiration, the late great Don Drummond, and added his vibe to what was soon to be called ska as one of many session-men on the Kingston scene, thus contributing to the future development of the music. He cut a landmark album for Island Records in the mid seventies, 'Man From Wareika', and got a whole new young audience as a member of The Specials during the '2 Tone' nu-ska boom in the late seventies/early eighties. For the past sixteen years Rico has been member of Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, but also plays out with his own band. He was recently awarded an MBE for his outstanding contributions to the music in Britain." Thank you, DMc.


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