A reggae legend coming to Deventer, one of the original foundation DJs Dennis Alcapone, backed by Dutch ska-outfit Rude Rich and The High Notes. The latter have gained fame as an excellent backing band as well, having done a perfect job alongside Alton Ellis, as reported here, and Rico Rodriguez at 2003's Reggae Sundance, as well as having been recorded live in 2003 alongside Derrick Morgan at the Rosslau Ska Fest for the Grover Records release "Derrick Morgan Meets The High Notes Live". Now that they have their own High Notes studio, where saxophone player Rob 'JP' Berends is the main engineer, there's more in the can. They already recorded their excellent new album "Soul Stomp" there, but are also contemplating to release studio material with Derrick Morgan, and Rob Berends assured that the sound only got better in the studio since recording their third studioalbum "Soul Stomp" for Grover Records.



Tenor sax player Thomas 'Tommy S' Streutgers and bass player Boudewijn 'Bossie' van Trigt warming up with a last glance on the setlist.

Keyboard player Peter 'Ras P' Klaassen and trumpet player Ruud 'Trompie' Kleiss with (former?) Bashment Crew bass player now turned High Notes rhythm guitarist Biko.

Tenor sax player Thomas 'Tommy S' Streutgers.

Hidden behind singer Tobias Breekveldt is 'Bossie', and next to Tobias is the great hornsection of 'Trompie', 'Tommy S' and Rob 'JP' Berends.

Rude Rich & The High Notes.

'Ras P'.

First having the stage to themselves they played a short instrumental intro, before playing a set largely consisting of tunes from their new album "Soul Stomp", the first full tune being the album's opener, Prince Buster's semi-instrumental "Prince Of Peace", followed by Lord Creator's "Come Down '68" and the very well sung and played rendition of the Blues Busters' "I Won't Let You Go". One of only a few tunes from older albums was the single "Hey Senorita" in 1966 recorded by the Soulettes for Coxsone Dodd, taken from their "Change The Mood" album (Grover), before playing one of their equally high quality own compositions from "Soul Stomp", the great ska instrumental "Everything Is Everything". Prince Buster's "I'm Still Waiting" and the Coolies' "On The Bank" were followed by another self-penned instrumental - in this case composed by tenor sax player 'Tommy S' Streutgers - the stomping "Tom Steady". Singer Tobias Breekveldt stars in the Soul Stomp of "The Punch" and shows he knows how to sound convincingly like Dave Barker and James Brown. Some more older tunes surfaced in the form of Derrick Morgan's 1964 "Miss Lulu" and Jackie Opel's 1966 Studio One tune "I Am What I Am", followed by self-penned "Grandma Ska" from "Change the Mood" and Lord Creator's "Evening News" to close their very entertaining 45 minutes performance.



The legendary Studio One and Treasure Isle graduate Dennis Alcapone has taken the stage riding the 'Love Is Not A Gamble'-riddim.

Dennis Alcapone Meets Rude Rich & The High Notes.

Nuff chemistry on stage between Dutch skasinger Tobias Breekveldt and Jamaican foundation DJ Dennis Alcapone

After a short break Rude Rich & The High Notes return to the stage to have a short warm up by once again showcasing their instrumental and vocal abilities in their take on Ernest Wilson's classic "Money Worries", another track from "Soul Stomp". And then the crowd, that slowly grew to fill the Burgerweeshuis, erupted as foundation DJ, Studio One and Treasure Isle graduate Dennis Alcapone took the stage. Being in very fine form, with a voice still very powerful and well timed delivery over brilliantly played foundation riddims, and let's not forget: perfect sung classic rocksteady and reggae tunes by Tobias Breekveldt and percussionist Karel 'Skarel' Burgos. Hit after hit style we were treated to such classics as the 1972 at Treasure Isle recorded take on the 1967 Techniques' classic "Love Is Not A Gamble" and "No.1 Station, the brilliant Slim Smith/Techniques' 'You Don't Care'-riddim Dennis Alcapone used for 3 of his early 70s tunes, Studio One's "El Paso", Treasure Isle's "Great Wugga Wugga" and the Byron Smith produced "Mosquito One". Another Treasure Isle favorite up next "Teach The Children" over the Maytals' at Beverleys recorded 'Teacher Teacher'-riddim and a brilliant rendition (thanks to both Dennis himself and the fine vocals and backing by The High Notes) of the tune Dennis recorded in 1971 for Bunny Lee with Delroy Wilson "I Must Come" over the latter's classic 'Better Must Come'.



Dutch-Jamaican combination style.

More Dutch-Jamaican combination style.

Dennis Alcapone backed by The High Notes.

Classic Studio One time again as Dennis Alcapone and The High Notes went into his "Fever Teaser" recorded in 1972 over Horace Andy's 'Fever', and one of my personal favorites of the night "Riddle I This" over Dennis Brown's 'Solomon', during which Dennis Alcapone pays tribute to Robert Nesta Marley by incorporating snatches of "Get Up Stand Up" and "War". His great "Alpha & Omega", one of a couple of tunes he did for Lee 'Scratch' Perry, this tune over the Junior Byles tune 'Beat Down Babylon' is followed by the Treasure Isle swing of "Ba Ba Ri Ba" over the often neglected Ken Parker's 'I Can't Hide'-riddim. A heartfelt tribute is dominating the next smashing song as well, when Dennis asks the band for a full stop in the middle of the song to pay hommage to the only a couple weeks before deceased Studio One producer, establisher and owner Clement Seymour Dodd in a rendition of John Holt's classic "A Love I Can Feel" that also features snatches of Tony Rebel's "Fresh Vegetable", Cutty/Beres' "Love Me Haffi Get". A wonderful evening after these two great performances gets a little extra with the encore having his 1973 Bunny Lee produced take on the 'Drum Song'-riddim "Cassius Clay" and a hotter than hot "Guns Of Navarone" being the last tune played.




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