Various artists album review
Reggae Jazz And More ~ Cool And Spicy
23 - 11 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Jo Jo Bennett & Mudie's All Stars - Cool And Spicy
  2. Dean Fraser & Johnny Moore - Adore
  3. Lennie Hibbert - Stick It Up
  4. Ed Calle & Mudie's All Stars - Always On My Mind
  5. Jo Jo Bennett & Mudie's All Stars - Lecture Me
  6. Ernest Ranglin & Mudie's All Stars - In A Mellow Groove
  7. Ed Calle & Mudie's All Stars - Thin-Skinned Woman
  8. Tommy McCook & Mudie's All Stars - It May Sound Silly
  9. Ossie Scott & Mudie's All Stars - Only Time Will Tell
  10. Gladstone Anderson & Mudie's All Stars - Leaving Rome
  11. Lennie Hibbert - Ital Vibes
  12. Johnny Moore & Dean Fraser - Scatter Shot
  13. Ernest Ranglin & Mudie's All Stars - Dark Shadows
  14. Ossie Scott & Mudie's All Stars - Baby I Miss You
  15. Ossie Scott & Mudie's All Stars - Gone Is Love
  16. Ossie Scott - Only Time Will Tell (Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Coming from Harry Mudie's production house is a tasty musical collection entitled "Reggae Jazz And More ~ Cool And Spicy", which is dedicated in memory of the great tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook. This jazz and reggae legend of Jamaican music has played on many studio sessions together with the renown Skatalites and then his own group The Supersonics. One of the producers he has worked with is Harry Mudie, a producer who meticulous paid attention to instrumentation and the first to bring string orchestration (violin, cello, viola) to rocksteady and reggae music.
This CD brings together some of the greatest musicians coming from Jamaica including Jo Jo Bennett (flugelhorn), Dean Fraser (alto saxophone), Johnny "Dizzy" Moore (trumpet), Ossie Scott (tenor sax), Lennie Hibbert (vibraphone), Ernest Ranglin (lead guitar), Gladstone Anderson (piano) and, of course, Tommy McCook. And furthemore there's Puerto Rican born, Miami based tenor saxophonist Ed Calle, who has been heard on thousands of recordings both as a sideman and a soloist. His fiery tenor has graced the work of Gloria Estefan from the earliest days of the Miami Sound Machine, and hes heard on recordings by Arturo Sandoval, Vicky Carr, Julio Iglesias, Vanessa Williams, Bob James, Frank Sinatra and many others. All these excellent players of instruments deliver their solo parts on sophisticated riddims laid by the remarkable Mudie's All Stars which include Winston Wright (organ), Val Douglas (bass), Theophilus Beckford (piano), Jeffrey & Mikey Chung (guitar), Winston Grennan (drums), Bobby Ellis (trumpet), David Madden (trumpet), Vin Gordon (trombone) and the late great percussionist Denzil Laing.
We're treated to sixteen fine instrumentals, which were recorded between 1970 and 1987. Among them four tracks that have never been released, Jo Jo Bennett's excellent album opener "Cool And Spicy", Ossie Scott's decent "Only Time Will Tell", Dean Fraser & Johnny Moore's solid version of the Prince composition "Adore" and the duo's groovy "Scatter Shot". Furthermore this set brings us entertaining tracks such as Jo Jo Bennett's "Lecture Me", Lennie Hibbert's "Ital Vibes" and Gladstone Anderson's "Leaving Rome" and "Gone Is Love", the latter a wonderful instrumental version of The Heptones' "Love Without Feeling".
"Reggae Jazz And More ~ Cool And Spicy" contains good music from great musicians, expertly produced by the under-celebrated Harry Mudie. One for the mature listener!!

Teacher & Mr. T.