Plays The Hits Of Sugar Minott
Jerry Johnson
Jerry Saxman Music
May 15, 2012

Track list
  1. Live Loving
  2. Lovers Rock
  3. Man Hungry
  4. My Love Is True
  5. Rough Ol' Life
  6. She's In Love With Me
  7. Come Back Home
  8. Win My Soul
  9. Dread Name Fred
  10. Have No Fear
  11. Come Now Natty Dread
  12. What a Feeling
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Lead Instrument : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Jerry Johnson, known from his incredible saxophone playing on Steel Pulse's album "Rastafari Centennial", Burning Spear's 2009 Grammy winning "Jah Is Real" album and lots of other albums, but also from several solo albums including "For All Seasons", "East Of The City", "The Score", "Saxman Special", "Reggae Vibes" and "Just Cooling", has another worthwhile album out on the streets. This time it's his highly anticipated collaboration with the late great Sugar Minott, a good friend of him and one of the Jamaican artists with whom he worked at Wackies and at Sugar Minott's own Youth Promotion studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

Recorded together throughout 2010, the album features Jerry Johnson's sax heavy arrangements of classic Sugar Minott songs, lovers rock as well as reality tunes. This set features three pure instrumentals (the compelling "Come Back Home", "Have No Fear", and "What A Feeling"), while the remaining tracks have Sugar Minott himself on vocals. Others involved in this project are Val Douglas (bass), Coozie Mellers (bass, guitar & keyboards), Donovan McKitty (guitar), Noel Alphonso (keyboards & drums), Earl Appleton (keyboards), Ainsworth Clarke aka Bassie (bass and mixing "Have No Fear" and "What A Feeling"), and Bunny Brown (harmonies on "Live Loving"). This album has it all... wonderful classic songs, excellent musicians, a great and legendary vocalist, and an incredible Jerry Johnson. Most likely this album has been one of Sugar Minott's last projects he has worked on before his untimely death, and as it is known that he has always tried to get the best out of himself and the people he worked with, it's not really surprising that this release offers quality from start to finish.

In all this album is a worthwhile addition to anyone's cd collection.

"Jerry Johnson : Plays The Hits Of Sugar Minott" can be purchased here.