Album review
Dean Fraser
Sax Of Life
VP Records-Walboomers Music
June 6 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Star
  2. Nice Time
  3. Willow Tree
  4. Ballroom Floor
  5. Race Track
  6. Burial
  7. Sax Of Life
  8. Park Medley
  9. Saddam
  10. War In The East
  11. First Cut
  12. Stormy Days
  13. Alkeda
  14. Grooves
  15. Watch The Sound
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Dean Fraserís saxophone has been a feature on countless reggae hits over the years. His career as a performer, producer, arranger, songwriter and bandleader has known many triumphs. The Dean of Jamaican Institute of Instrumentation, the brass razor cuts some soul-smooth tracks for the Joe Frasier Records production team (Lloyd & Michelle Campbell and Jason Sterling). Reggae's principal horn man pays tribute to some of the pioneer reggae artists by utilizing the riddims and melodies of classic tracks. The instrumental set is a mixture of reggae favorites like the Bob Marley composition Nice Time, the instantly recognizable Star and Watch The Sound made famous by singing legend Slim Smith, who made this Buffalo Springfield original a smashing hit. Slim Smith's 'Blessed Are The Meek' is covered here also as Stormy Days. "First Cut (Is The Deepest)" most recently covered by Kashief Lindo is here simply called First Cut and was made famous by Norma Fraser who recorded the song for Coxsone Dodd. "Sitting' In The Park / I Do Love You" was the reggae original title and is a fitting tribute to R&B legend Billy Stewart entitled Park Medley. Race Track is a Dean Fraser original on the album which was co-written with producer Lloyd Campbell. Saddam and War In The East (Fade Away riddim) takes inspiration from international politics while Alkeda comes across the 'Engine 54' riddim. Bunny Wailer's expressive dance anthem Ballroom Floor is redone in fine style.
The album features performances by Sly Dunbar, Robbie Lyn, Dalton and Glen Browne and Mafia & Fluxy among others.
It's a fine album on which Dean Fraser manages to add new life to the traditional songs.

Teacher & Mr. T.