Jamaican Legends with Ernest Ranglin, Tyrone Downie and Sly & Robbie
One can truly call this a climax of Jamaican music, when that remarkable island’s best keyboardist, the most legendary guitar player and the whole world’s most famous rhythm section pool their huge resources.
Tyrone Downie, who steps in for the ill-stricken Monty Alexander, plays piano, organ and synthesizers. Starting from Rastaman Vibration he was a key member of Bob Marley’s Wailers, and has also worked with Burning Spear, The Abyssinians, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Tom Tom Club and Ian Dury. Currently he is Youssou N’dour’s keyboardist. Veteran guitarist Ernest Ranglin plays on hundreds of Studio One gems, not to mention his own albums, several of which were made in the new millennium. Ranglin has backed pretty much everybody in Jamaica, starting from Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. While in Skatalites, he is said to have invented the typical scratching comping style of ska and reggae.
Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare hardly need an introduction. They have been present at every stage of reggae’s development. They have also produced countless Jamaican artists, and international stars from Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Serge Gainsbourg to Michael Franti, Joe Cocker and Sinead O’Connor have sought their unique rhythmical help.