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4.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL DEAL!, 15 Jan. 2013
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A marvellous "fusion" of two wonderful musicians playing an astutely selected selection of classic ska/reggae tunes.
Has a real groove going, a get-up-and-dance, feelgood factor permeates the whole album.
The opening track, Dave and Ansel Collins' "Double Barrel" sets the tone, with Ranglin's beautifully low-key licks perfectly
complementing Monty's crisp, melodic keyboards on top. Recently purchased Ranglin's solo album, "Surfin'", and it's also
a killer, with a very strong jazz-influence throughout, a la Grant Green in his prime. Highly recommended as a companion piece
to "Rocksteady".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocksteady - a review, 12 Sept. 2005
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J. D. Naylor "jazzfan" (England) - See all my reviews
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Rocksteady by name and Rocksteady by nature.This album does exactly what it says on the label.It is a bright and cheerfull album of Ska/reggae beats with some very nifty soloing from Ranglin himself on guitar and jazz pianist Monty Alexander.All tunes have that distinctive SKA beat but with the added bonus of quality soloing but i guess this album is all about the groove really and it did just nicely for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic reggae music., 13 Jan. 2001
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This album is a KILLER, It is a must have, It has the most uptempo, skanky happy tune ive ever heard on a compilation album.On the "dukes" Treasure Isle lable 2 discs, It is the story,the best of and the greatest hits.All the best "version" are here, all the CLASSIC tracks and jumpy riddims. Disc one is Jamaican ska, Disc 2 slows to rock steady then lazily into reggae,This is a very fine piece of music which i believe anyone can listen to and enjoy it.....fe true.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what it might seem!, 23 July 2009
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Dr.D.Treharne (Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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It must be difficult to be a 'smooth jazz' artist in the British marketplace as most potential buyers seem to have preconceived views about what they're going to hear. Richard Elliot doesn't really fit easily into the category. His last album 'Metro Blue' spawned a massive airply 'hit', and to avoid any confusion the album is carefully stickered with a "Sax Star Elliot kicks it old skool" which doesn't quite cover what you get here. Firstly he co-produced the album with Rick Braun, and they've come up with imaginative arrangements and takes on what could have been an album of dull cover versions.There are those, tracks 1,8 and 11 being the Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and Eddie Kendricks hit,however they're far from dull and in between there is self penned and co written material that takes off in other directions.
He's also lucky to have luminary side men like Jeff Lorber and Rick Braun, but that does dis-service to those who play on the rest of the album. Of the 'original' tracks you might check out "Straight Up", "Retro Boy" and " The Preacher" as representing the different facets of the album, but do listen, as well to "Keep On Truckin'" as this does.
It's not at all what you might have expected of a "smooth jazz" album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars first rate, 7 July 2013
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having seen Richard Elliot at Pizza Express Jazz club his cd matches up to his live performance, first rate, brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Aug. 2014
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Excelent recording, well arranged engaging music.
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