Album review
Tribute To Tommy
Tommy McCook & The Skatalites

Tracking list

  1. Exodus
  2. Adam's Apple
  3. Ska Ba
  4. Freedom Sounds
  5. Latin Go Ska
  6. Cow And Gate
  7. Don't Slam The Door
  8. Trotting In
  9. Road Block
  10. Ska Legion
  11. Peanut Vendor
  12. Sauvitt
  13. Goldfinger
  14. Junior Jive
  15. A Little Bit Of Heaven
  16. Wheel And Turn
  17. Jazz Walking
  18. The Answer
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Tommy McCook was one of Jamaica's finest saxophonists. He became involved in the development of ska, emerging as a founder of the Skatalites in 1963. In 1965 he began a fruitful collaboration with ace producer Duke Reid. He formed The Supersonics and became the houeseband at Treasure Isle studios. Over the years he kept playing an important role in reggae music, recording and touring all over the world. He died in May 1998. The Skatalites, formed in the early 60s, were the créme de la créme of Jamaica's musical talent at the time. The personnel fluctuated from time to time, but the most important instrumentalists were : Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Johnny "Dizzy" Moore, Jah Jerry, Lester Sterling, Jackie Mittoo, Lloyd Brevett and Lloyd Knibbs. After two fruitful years, a combination of several problems caused them to break up in late 1965, leaving behind a wealth of historical recordings.
Tribute To Tommy concentrates on his recordings (alongside the Skatalites) for Coxsone Dodd during the period 1962-1965, except for the tracks Goldfinger, Jazz Walking, Latin Go Ska and A Little Bit Of Heaven which were recorded for Duke Reid.
Most of the tracks included here are previuosly unreleased on compact disc. On the album you'll find his most enduring ska tunes like Exodus, Peanut Vendor, Latin Go Ska, Ska Ba and Freedom Sounds. The legendary Skatalites lay down some wicked ska riddims and Tommy McCook delivers his blistering solos over these riddims. Other solists include Frank Anderson, Baba Brooks, Lester Sterling, Dizzy Moore and Roland Alphonso.
A vamping album !

Teacher & Mr. T.