Stu­dio One Jump Up

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Soul Jazz JIM CAR­ROLL

Stu­dio One re­mains Ja­maican mu­sic’s mother ship. Cle­ment “Cox­sone” Dodd’s la­bel and stu­dio was where the sound of young Ja­maica was minted in the 1960s and 1970s in the shape of ska, rock­steady, dance­hall and dub. There was plenty of shak­ing and jump­ing in Kingston be­fore Dodd opened his doors and this com­pi­la­tion traces the mix-up ev­i­dent on those early Stu­dio One record­ings, with traces of ca­lypso, mento, blues and r’n’b as they be­gan to morph into some­thing new. There’s much here to stir the senses, be it the ska bar­rage of Go Jimmy Go from Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers or

Hip Run from the Jiv­ing Ju­niors. But lis­ten to Don Drum­mond and Roland Alphonso’s Heaven and

Earth, from 1964, and you can hear that roots reg­gae flavour begin to ex­ert its in­flu­ence. An es­sen­tial trip back to the source of a sound. soul­jaz­

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