Caribbean lounge-jazz from the veteran pianist, supported by the Ernest Ranglin Trio. Japanese import.
Soul jazz from the jazz pianist plus trio. The first half’s a bit soft, before Aquarius marks the dawning of the funky stuff — Evil Ways, Shaft, Booty Butt — ending with a cooking cover of The Meters’ Funky Miracle.
The best of Ern’s sixties LPs. A lovely bunch of rocksteady instrumentals, suited and booted for reissue by Dub Store in Tokyo.
Ah, yes… takes you back to 1968… and sultry Kingston nights loungin’ downtown with Madame Wasp (that’s her on the cover), to a chilled cocktail of rocksteady, calypso, pop, jazz, mood and bossa.
1965 JA Latin-Calypso-Jazz from the master-pianist, who led a twenty-piece hotel band from the age of seventeen, and released three albums on Studio One. Solid rhythm section, with conga and percussion.
Instrumentals in ska, mento and other Caribbean styles recorded in 1966, at the threshold of rocksteady. The only one of his eight Federal albums to feature ska. Super-fine LP from Dub Store.
Very nice, evocative mixture of ska, meringue, swing and co, from 1960, suited and booted by Dub Store.