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  • Audio CD (15 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Dune Music Company Ltd
  • ASIN: B00005Q5M2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Capullito De Aleli 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Medley: [Love Theme from] The Godfather/Al Capone 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

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On Massive Gary Crosby's Jazz Jamaica have combined Caribbean rhythms with the power of the American big-band tradition to make music that's highly danceable but full of listening interest too. A pool of 30 musicians was used, though the uplifting rhythm team of Crosby (bass), Alex Wilson (piano), Alan Weekes (guitar) and Kenrick Rowe (drums) is present throughout. The deep contralto of Juliet Roberts is heard on the 1960s hit "My Boy Lollipop", Bacharach's "Walk on By" and "Again", but instrumental variety is the keynote of the album. Orphy Robinson's vibes provide the most distinctive solo voice while trumpet soloists include Kevin Robinson, Guy Barker and Claude Deppa. Five different trombonists, including Denis Rollins and Annie Whitehead, also have solo opportunities and saxophonists include Denys Baptiste, Andy Sheppard and the 23-three year old Soweto Kinch who takes a couple of fervent, fluent solos on alto. The main arrangers, impressively confident with the enlarged palette, are Kevin Robinson, Jason Yarde and Alex Wilson. If the infectious enthusiasm and hip-swinging rhythms of this music are reminiscent of the 80s recordings by the African Jazz Pioneers, that's hardly surprising. The common root of Caribbean music and American jazz is, of course, Africa. --Graham Colombé

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The much anticipated début album by Gary Crosby’s sensational Jazz Jamaica All Stars, the UK’s favourite big band boasting a galaxy of stars playing their unique fusion of ska, reggae, mento and jazz. Jazz Jamaica All Stars pack a massive punch across 11 superb tracks with their bold, brassy, big band arrangements making this album one which will appeal as much to the feet as to the ears!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular playing 27 July 2002
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Format:Audio CD
The palying is spectacular, the arrangements are little short of brilliant in places and the style appeals to many listeners.
There can't be much more to say about an album like this. The players are all Jazz musicians that's for sure, my only quibble is that Jazz solos sometimes do not fit over the given styles. Most of them work - Guy Barker, Kevin Robinson, Denys Baptiste and Andy Sheppard all accumulate their creativity in phrasing etc. for them. There are a couple of solos which I would perhaps think could have been slightly better organised or better thought out. 'Capitulo di Aleli' is one such example - the arrangement is conscientious enough, but the trumpet improvisation after the theme is in places rather iffy. I see this is a filler in to the album really, as most of the tracks are meticulously arranged and extremely well planned.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional Mastery 24 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
There's so much to say about this CD that I couldn't fit it in to 1,000 words, nor 2,000. Having seen these performers live at London Jazz Festival, I wondered whether the CD would do justice to it. However, the Reggae arrangements of some of these well known tracks can be appreciated in depth with the CD, for example, "Footprints" (being my favourite track) was in compound time on Wayne Shorter's original, this has been put in to 4 to suit the Reggae style. It is in this track that Andy Sheppard, a legend in his own right (as are many of the performers) creates the intensely colourful sound of the soprano sax that only he can seemingly do. The arrangements are done by various members of the band, the expert hand of former 'Jazz Warriors' trumpeter Kevin Robinson being the main arranger. My one quibble, mainly because I am a nit-picker by nature, is that when listening to the whole CD through, the off-beat Reggae style employed becomes slightly wearing. That having been said, the whole point of the CD is that it uses a Reggae influenced style, fused with various types of Jazz. What makes the CD work as a whole for me though, is the solos. To have so many big names in British Jazz on one CD seems like a dream to most. Even that dreadful Pop song "My Boy Lollipop" has an audacious solo, and there are numerous places where Kevin Robinson and Guy Barker do their "How to sound like Lee Morgan" act (that's not a bad thing). Add to this a fully functional and able support group (Crosby and Wilson are both able Jazz performers) and you have what may go down as one of the best British Jazz releases of the decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 9 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
This a simply wonderful album that grows on you inexorably. At first, I wondered if it was going to be an adequate momento of the _really_ 'massive' gig I heard the 'All Stars' do in Edinburgh this year: but it's more than that. It gives you a chance to really appreciate the very subtle and sophisticated arrangements behind that massive front, and to fully get one's head round the wonderful soloing that keeps bursting forth and going in all sorts of unexpected directions. In short: an immediate classic.
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