Posted by : Freeskafoundation domingo, 25 de noviembre de 2018

Another in Trojan Records' excellent Producer Series, Jumpin' With Mr. Lee spotlights Bunny Lee's rock steady production work from 1967-1968. Like the Joe Gibbs' entry in this series, The Reggae Train, Jumpin' With Mr. Lee includes everything from soulful vocal numbers to instrumentals. In contrast to Gibbs' heavy and full sound, though, Lee favored a leaner production style that featured steely horn and guitar work anchored by a buoyant rhythm section. Some of the vocal highlights include Slim Smith and the Uniques' "Love and Devotion" and Ken Parker's cover of the Sam Cooke hit "A Change Is Gonna Come." On the instrumental side there is the liquid-toned work of alto saxophonist Lester Sterling on "Sir Lee's Whip" (it's hard to say if this is in reference to the boss' studio manner or not) and Vin Gordon's eerily satisfying trombone workout on "Sounds and Soul." The high-quality sound throughout helps make these 18 solid tracks one of the better rock steady collections available.

The Sensations - Long Time Me No See You Girl
The Uniques - Love And Devotion
Val Bennett & Bunny Lee All Stars - Jumping With Mr Lee
Derrick Morgan - Hold You Jack
Lester Sterling & Stranger Cole - Bangarang
Pat Kelly - Little Boy Blue
The Uniques - Story Of Love
Ken Parker - A Change Is Gonna Come
Val Bennett - Jumping With Val
The Uniques - Girls Like Dirt
Lester Sterling - Tribute To King Scratch
Pat Kelly - Somebody's Baby
Vin Gordon - Sounds And Soul
The Uniques - My Conversation
Lester Sterling - Sir Lee's Whip
Slim Smith & The Uniques - The Beatitude



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