Cool Down
Tommy Tornado
Tommy Tornado
January 9, 2012

Tommy Tornado Track list
  1. Marcus Garvey
  2. Rocky Road feat. Mr. T-Bone
  3. Weather Report
  4. Nitt Nitt Moye Garabbaam feat. Ebou Gaya Mada
  5. Desert Storm
  6. The Sound feat. Tobias Loudmouth
  7. Healing
  8. Brand New feat. Awwa
  9. Armagideon Time
  10. In This Time
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Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Thomas 'Tommy Tornado' Streutgers is a gifted Dutch saxophone player who joined the famous Rude Rich & The High Notes band at the tender age of 18. That was at the end of last century. Since then he has toured all over the world, making records with and backing famous Jamaican vocalists such as Alton Ellis, Dave Barker, U Brown, The Heptones, Winston Francis and Dennis Alcapone. Currently Tommy Tornado is playing with four different bands, including JZZZZZP, Rude Rich & The High Notes, The Soulsnatchers and The Busquito's. In 2009 he unleashed his well received debut set 'Sunrise', a nice 17 track album on which he was assisted by some Jamaican (vintage) vocalists and some new and upcoming names.

In the beginning of 2012 he releases his second album called 'Cool Down'. Once more he's backed by Rude Rich & The High Notes. The album opens with a fine and respectful interpretation of Burning Spear's anthem Marcus Garvey. The atmosphere created here reminds us of a bunch of hornsmen playing back a yard in the Kingston ghetto! The next tune Rocky Road stays in the same vein and features Mr. T-Bone on trombone.

With Weather Report the tempo goes up, and on the powerful tune Nitt Nitt Moye Garabbaam we have a chance to meet Gambian vocalist Ebou Gaya Mada. Desert Storm is a great smooth skanking tune with subtle Augustus Pablo influences. Vocalist Thomas Loudmouth toasts on The Sound, while singer Awwa performs in fine style in Brand New, although we must admit we had to spin this tune several times before we got hooked on it! The album closes in uptempo style with In This Time. The 10 track album is nicely packaged in a retro styled digipack.

'Cool Down' is an excellent follow up to the 'Sunrise' album from this Dutch saxophone talent, and we'd love to see him do a Tommy McCook tribute album in the future.