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Blazing Horns/Tenor In Roots

Tommy McCook Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blood & Fire
  • ASIN: B0000CABKP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blazing Horns (Extended)
2. Tears Of Love
3. Glorious Lion
4. Mine Eyes
5. Jamaican Place
6. Yellow Bird
7. Tommy's Mood
8. Ites Of Zion
9. Jah
10. Lamb's Bread
11. Riding West (12" Mix)
12. More Music
13. Tubby's Control
14. Everyday Sax
15. South Side Feeling
16. When I Fall In Dub
17. Far Over Yonder
18. Gold Street Skank
19. Harry Meet Tommy
20. Way Down In South

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots instrumental classics 28 May 2006
By Mailian
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tommy McCook (tenor sax) and his friend Bobby Ellis (not McGregor) on trumpet recorded in the 1970s extensively for a host of roots producers and issued rare instrumental albums for Yabby You and Glen Brown. It are these tracks plus an 12'' mix of Riding West (produced by Bunny Lee) that have finally been reissued for the first time on cd. Soloing over established top roots rhythms of both producers both players hit a deep almost spiritual groove. Two classic albums for the price of one, thank you BaF.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel Rockers. 27 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Coming up from the legendary Alpha school and going on to play with fellow musical originators and genuine innovators The Skatalites, Mcook has left his mark on countless roots records, and given deep pleasure and insight to those who take their reggae music seriously.

It would probably be an impossible task to say for certain how many reggae records Mcook has appeared on, but his work for Glen Brown and Yabby U is undoubtedly extraordinary work. Deeply dread, but at the same time,eerliy atmospheric, spiritually moving, sedate and powerful : If anyone has the right to be likened to the geniuses of jazz such as John Coltrane, then men like the awesome Don Drummond and Tommy Mcook would be first in line for consideration.

The last album from Blood and Fire featured relentless and single minded D.Brown and Ranking Joe chants, but this is a far more diverse affair: It features a wide range of vibes and styles, from African jazz tinged workouts to blistering and bottomless dubs, on to soulful and emotional grooves rounded off at times with pure and naive melodies.

The album kicks off with the track "Blazing Horns", a cylindrical and cavernous dub to a Yabby U track from "Chant Down Babylon". Sophisticated jazz drumming spirals into a metallic dub, interrupted by euphoric rewinds and echo loops.

"Tommy's Mood" sounds like the rhythm track is being wrung out and turned inside out, harsh and bright snare and cymbal work dominating until the sax takes the heart of the melody into a quasi African jazz township vibe: Sublime and deeply meditative. Abdullah Ibrahim fans and those of you into early Fela Kuti are going to love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dub Horns Blazing 18 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Tommy McCook & Freddy MacGregor were 2 of the greatest brass players to blow up a storm in the Windies - their mellifluous and eclectic sound graces many classic reggae albums of the era. The drum & bass sound is timeless and horn afficionados will love their fiery cool mix. The extended playing time of this CD represents excellent value, collecting rare vinyl sounds from the 70s together onto a silver disc. Part dub, part dancehall, part roots, but always superbly melodic, this is a vintage compilation that'll burn your socks off and blow you away. Recommended!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ** GOOD STUFF ** 2 Aug 2005
By Jasper - Published on Amazon.com
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Here are two 1970s LPs by Tommy McCook, as well as one extra single (Riding West). The CD remastering is good...clear, crisp, deep, and colorful. The design and short essay are very satisfying. This disc was produced by Blood & Fire, who TRULY care about the music, and have consistently brought the public a valuable product that is worth their money and time.

Tommy McCook was highly versatile, and here we have him playing some kind of mix between ska, rocksteady, reggae, 70s groove music, and jazz, with touches of other tropical genres. There are beautiful, refreshing melodies running throughout, great musicianship, and even some dub. Tracks 1-10 were produced by Yabby You, whilst tracks 12-20 were produced by Glenmore Brown. Track eleven, "Riding West," is a once rare number produced by Edward "Striker" Lee, and is a nice extra. ALL tracks in this collection were expertly mixed at King Tubby's studio, by the great King Tubby and his protege' Prince Jammy. Tubby's mixing is subtle and sophisticated, as witnessed on the very first track which is over eight minutes long, with the original LP track blending flawlessly into its gorgeous dub version.

I don't rate this quite as high as releases such as Soul Jazz's "Studio One Scorcher Instrumentals" or Heartbeat's "Downbeat The Ruler," which also feature McCook, but it's good anyway, and fans of instrumental JA music will definitely want to pick it up. While you're at it, check out Rico's "Man From Wareika" and Trojan Records' "Alpha Boys School." I love this stuff.

Enjoy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel Rockers. 27 Feb 2012
By Red Eyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Coming up from the legendary Alpha school and going on to play with fellow musical originators and genuine innovators The Skatalites, Mcook has left his mark on countless roots records, and given deep pleasure and insight to those who take their reggae music seriously.

It would probably be an impossible task to say for certain how many reggae records Mcook has appeared on, but his work for Glen Brown and Yabby U is undoubtedly extraordinary work. Deeply dread, but at the same time,eerliy atmospheric, spiritually moving, sedate and powerful : If anyone has the right to be likened to the geniuses of jazz such as John Coltrane, then men like the awesome Don Drummond and Tommy Mcook would be first in line for consideration.

The last album from Blood and Fire featured relentless and single minded D.Brown and Ranking Joe chants, but this is a far more diverse affair: It features a wide range of vibes and styles, from African jazz tinged workouts to blistering and bottomless dubs, on to soulful and emotional grooves rounded off at times with pure and naive melodies.

The album kicks off with the track "Blazing Horns", a cylindrical and cavernous dub to a Yabby U track from "Chant Down Babylon". Sophisticated jazz drumming spirals into a metallic dub, interrupted by euphoric rewinds and echo loops.

"Tommy's Mood" sounds like the rhythm track is being wrung out and turned inside out, harsh and bright snare and cymbal work dominating until the sax takes the heart of the melody into a quasi African jazz township vibe: Sublime and deeply meditative. Abdullah Ibrahim fans and those of you into early Fela Kuti are going to love this.

"Ites of Zion" sounds reminiscent of the sax blowing on "Daniel" from "Heaven is My Roof": Strictly Pharaoh Sanders meets King Tubby style, John Coltrane's holy ghost invoked, led and beckoned through the echo chamber. Regal and mournfully poetic with an edge of danger.

"Lambs Bread" is a militant drum and bass affair driven by scraping percussion and surreal sax. Mid way through the track ghostly spliced and cut up vocal loops drop in and out ( apparently at random), weird and dread-ful.

After the spaciousness of the Yabby U tracks on this CD ( eleven in total ), the next eight or so tracks are eccentric bass heavy soul grooves from a previously unreleased Glen Brown white label release. (Don't expect the surreal landscape spaciousness of "Termination Dub" but a more raw and primal affair)

This is a beautiful release. Tommy Mcook recorded intense and timeless music for Yabby U and Glen Brown, music which deserves to be heard in this format, carefully presented by Steve Barrow and with immaculate mastering from Kevin Metcalfe. The bass and drum resonance is a true pleasure to hear (and feel).

All we need now is a collection of Joe Higgs, Pablo Moses or rare Ethiopians sides from Blood and Fire to kick off next year in fine style.
5.0 out of 5 stars Horns! 1 Nov 2013
By flowers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This a great recording for this type of music. Its hard to find good quality recording of the Osiris Tommy McCook. This one delivers some great instrumental material.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid 27 Mar 2013
By celinedion - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At this late date, it's hard to think of another reason to buy another dub reissue. This one's on the jazzy side with actual songs. McCook deserves a better rep.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel in the Crown of Blood and Fire 4 Jun 2014
By CB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cuban-born Tommy McCook is often overlooked by reggae enthusiasts, and as a result his discography is not well known. Thankfully, for those of us that were late to the game, Blood &Fire reissued his "Blazing Horns" and "Tenor in Roots" sets (along with bonus 12" track) in 2003 (and as of 2014, there is good news that B&F may begin work on additional projects with a new partnership with VP).

I can't add much to Red Eyes' excellent review of this release, as the review is dead on in its descriptions of the style of music. Here you have productions from Yabby You (Blazing Horns) and Glen Brown (Tenor in Roots), two excellent Jamaican producers. While both are excellent, my preference is the deep soul grooves of the Brown production. However, the mastering that B&F did with this CD must be complimented given the obscurity of what they were working with. The fidelity of this release is as good as it gets for McCook's music, and I would recommend this as the first stop for someone looking for their first McCook purchase. The horn compositions and interplay between Bobby Ellis and McCook on these tracks is phenomenal, and there is a cameo made by Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall on "Harry Meet Tommy" that should not be missed. Catch the dub to that track on B&F's Glen Brown dub compilation Termination Dub

"Blazing Horns/Tenor in Roots" is in my personal top 5 of the B&F catalogue. Do yourself a favor and snap this up before it's gone (no MP3 release as of this writing, and it's out of print).
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