Artist / Title :
Nitty Gritty - We Run Things
Nitty Gritty - Mek Dem Come
Tenor Saw - Run From Progress
Tenor Saw - No Work On Sunday

Label : Reggae Goldmine      Format : 12" single      Date : 13 - 12 - 2003
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

12" single with 2 tracks apiece from Nitty Gritty and Tenor Saw, two of Jamaica's well known dancehall stars from the eighties who are no longer with us. Nitty Gritty (real name Glen Augustus Holness) delivered his most successful and best output during the second half of the eighties, when computerized riddims took hold in Jamaica. In 1991, at the age of 34, he was shot dead outside Super Power record shop in Brooklyn, New York. Clive Bright better known as Tenor Saw was the first to borrow workshop nomenclature for a stage name. In 1985 he released the dancehall anthem "Ring The Alarm", across one of Jamaica's most versioned riddims. This tune marked the beginning of a three years span in which Tenor Saw delivered a steady stream of dancehall smashes. Tenor Saw met an untimely death in 1988, under mysterious circumstances in Texas, USA. Both, Nitty Gritty and Tenor Saw, shared a similar vocal style, which later became known as singjay. This style was to influence the current sound of artists such as Sizzla and Junior Kelly. All tunes featured here are great efforts and truly worth of hearing. Nitty Gritty's "We Run Things" is a very entertaining tune, but it's the wicked "Mek Dem Come", underpinned by a reworked version of the classic "Mr. Bassie" riddim, that comes real rough and tough. Tenor Saw's unique vocal delivery comes to full expression on both tracks. The awesome "Run From Progress" is followed by the matching "No Work On Sunday", the latter being presented as an extended version. This piece incorporates such a thumping bass-line that it fair leaps from your speakers.

Teacher & Mr. T.