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ARTIST
TITLE
Rocksteady
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
RRT 032LP RRT 032LP
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RELEASE DATE
12/9/2014

Limited edition LP version pressed on clear vinyl with picture sleeve in re-sealable poly outer bag. Hot & Rich, the duo of Bob "Hot Dog" Ormrod and his son, Richard Ormrod, lays down instrumentals driven by saxophone and harmonica over original 1960's Jamaican rocksteady and early reggae rhythms. With over 50 years of musical experience between them, the duo plays everything, from traditional to free jazz, blues, ska, reggae, Latin, calypso, mento, and South African music. Their musical empathy, formed over 15 years of playing with now-defunct bands Skaville Train, Ska Bop, and others, enables them to go into the studio with little or no prior scores or arrangements, and play track after track of innovative and passionate music. The featured instrumentals were recorded over a two-day session in December, 2003, at A.D. Studio in Exeter, England, and at a later session in 2004, at the Bijou Studio in Taunton, Somerset, England. Hot & Rich played alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone saxes, clarinets, bass clarinet, and harmonica. The overall track style ranges from loose, free-blowing, jazz-influenced incarnations on sax and harmonica to more precisely orchestrated tracks. The parts were all played over 1967 and '68 Jamaican rocksteady and early reggae rhythms by Lynn Taitt & The Jets and Beverley's All Stars. All rhythms supplied courtesy of Derrick Morgan. Rocksteady was first released in 2004 on 10" and CD, a revised version of the album was released in 2011 on CD only. All tracks remixed and remastered by Alien Dread and Top Beat at A.D. Studio. Includes new original artwork.