ERNEST RANGLIN

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Ernest Ranglin was born June 19, 1932, and grew up in the small town of Robin’s Hall in the Parish of Manchester, a rural community in Jamaica. Ranglin’s destiny was set from an early age when two of his uncles showed him the rudiments of playing the guitar. Ranglin learned how to play by imitating his uncles, but he was soon to be influenced by the recordings of the great American jazz guitarist Charlie Christian. He moved to Kingston, ostensibly to finish his studies at Bodmin College, but his true lessons came from guitar books and late-night sessions watching the Jamaican dance bands of the time. In 1948 he joined his first group, the Val Bennett Orchestra, playing in the local hotels. By the early fifties, he was a member of Jamaica’s best-known group, the Eric Deans Orchestra, touring around the Caribbean and as far north as the Bahamas. The read more...
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Guitar In ErnestGuitar In Ernest
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Mr. Ranglin With SoulMr. Ranglin With Soul
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ERNEST RANGLIN Discography

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ERNEST RANGLIN Wranglin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wranglin'
World Fusion 1964
ERNEST RANGLIN Guitar In Ernest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar In Ernest
World Fusion 1965
ERNEST RANGLIN Boss Reggae album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boss Reggae
World Fusion 1970
ERNEST RANGLIN Ranglypso album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ranglypso
World Fusion 1976
ERNEST RANGLIN Ranglin Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ranglin Roots
World Fusion 1976
ERNEST RANGLIN From Kingston JA To Miami USA album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From Kingston JA To Miami USA
World Fusion 1983
ERNEST RANGLIN Play The Time Away... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Play The Time Away...
World Fusion 1995
ERNEST RANGLIN Sounds and Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sounds and Power
World Fusion 1996
ERNEST RANGLIN Below the Bassline album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Below the Bassline
World Fusion 1996
ERNEST RANGLIN Memories Of Barber Mack album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Memories Of Barber Mack
World Fusion 1997
ERNEST RANGLIN Soul D'Ern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul D'Ern
World Fusion 1997
ERNEST RANGLIN In Search of the Lost Riddim album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
In Search of the Lost Riddim
World Fusion 1998
ERNEST RANGLIN E.B. @ Noon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
E.B. @ Noon
World Fusion 2000
ERNEST RANGLIN Modern Answers To Old Problems album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Answers To Old Problems
World Fusion 2000
ERNEST RANGLIN Grooving album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grooving
World Fusion 2001
ERNEST RANGLIN Gotcha! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gotcha!
World Fusion 2001
ERNEST RANGLIN Surfin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Surfin'
World Fusion 2005
ERNEST RANGLIN Alextown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alextown
World Fusion 2005
ERNEST RANGLIN Order Of Destinction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Order Of Destinction
World Fusion 2007
ERNEST RANGLIN Avila album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Avila
World Fusion 2012
ERNEST RANGLIN Bless Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bless Up
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2014
ERNEST RANGLIN Softly With Ranglin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Softly With Ranglin
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2015

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ERNEST RANGLIN Now Is the Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now Is the Time
World Fusion 1999
ERNEST RANGLIN Ultimate Ranglin Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Ranglin Roots
World Fusion 2002
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'Ska Wey Dat'
World Fusion 2003

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ERNEST RANGLIN Below the Bassline

Album · 1996 · World Fusion
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Ernest Ranglin recorded "Below The Bass Line" in 1996 on a new off shot Island label named "Island Jamacia Jazz" from Chris Blackwell who has known Ernest from their old days back in Kingston since 1958 and first recorded Ernest's debut album back in 1960-61 "Guitar In Ernest" . Who is Ernest Ranglin as he is mainly well known only through the Little Millie smash hit back in 1964 being "My Boy Lollipop" but Ernest was there at the actual creation of Ska when he laid down that groove with Cluett Johnson with the famed Studio One main man Clement (Coxsone) Dodd. Previous to this and after, Ernest Ranglin played Jazz which started in the fifties with many a large Jamacian band with Val Bennet's being the first of them. During the late fifties and continuing on into the seventies he recorded with practically all the Reggae greats he was involved in the early Sound Systems with Coxsonne Dodd, Duke Reid and the quirky Prince Buster. Then he was in The Skatalites but still finding time to perform at Ronnie Scotts in London where he was kept on for quite a few months back in 1964 and during this time as well he also contributed to one of the most famous tunes to come out of Jamacia "The Rivers Of Babylon" with the Melodians. In 1974 he first played The Newport Jazz Festival with his old friend the pianist Monty Alexander who is right here on this album "Below The Bass Line" with him. Ernest also contributed to Monty's first album "Yard Movement" for the new label of Chris Blackwell's released around the same time. Not only does Monty Alexander play piano but he also contributes melodica with none other than Idris Muhammed drumming, Ira Coleman on bass, Gary Mayone, keyboards and percussion with another old Ska friend of Ernest's present for a guest spot being Cuban born Roland Alphonso with the tenor and soprano saxophone additions.

Out of the eleven compositions four were written by Ernest Ranglin with the other seven being primarily Jazz takes on many a classic Reggae number with "Congo Man" being the first with a slightly slower time than the original by The Congoes which gives the song plenty of space for Ernest to do some absolutely great Jazz picking over this classic Rasta tune. "Surfin" which follows with that jaunt is a concert regular and no surprise either as it one lovely picked over composition from Ernest with some beautiful playing but listen to Monty as well on that piano with some lovely deft touch throughout. Ira Coleman on bass gets to show his presence with a take from "King Tubby Meets The Rockers" written by the most famous melodica player of them all Augustus Pablo. Remember that this is taken from a Dub hence Ira's thumping bass and everybody plays with touches of fragments at various times giving a wonderful result to the number. Talking about famous Jamacian Reggae songs, do they get any more so than The Abbysinians, "Satta Massagana" with another stunning Jazz take and Monty gets to blow in his melodica for this one and not the previous song of Augustus Pablo's as one would expect. You would be going to beat Augustus but Monty does a wonderful melodica solo within ."Ball Of Fire" the old Skatalites number is perhaps one of the albums best with Roland Alphonso playing tenor and soprano saxophone with that delightful Ska sound in his tenor. Another pick could be the Johnny Clarke roots reggae classic "None Shall Escape Thy Judgement" as another old song is from Winston Rodney, "Black Disiciples". The title "Below The Bass Line"is the albums closer with more of this exquisite Jazz guitar from Ernest just riding over the groove from the band and the bass thump of Ira Coleman.

The band is fabulous with the pick for me being Ira Coleman's contribution on bass as he puts down one thumping Reggae time and being so out front it keeps that Reggae influence right in there but still Monty Alexander's contribution on piano is perfect dipping in and out between Ernest's guitar and adding his little beautifully deft solos. The drumming is just as good from Idris Muhammed with Gary Mayone's keyboards and percussion which keeps not the whole foot but a good size toe in Reggae waters. Wonderful album and one that is interesting from start to finish with not a dull spot present. Island Jamacia Jazz like Chris Blackwell's Mango and Fourth And Broadway labels are all gone these days which really is a shame as Chris always has something interesting to release from anywhere in the world but I suppose Reggae will always be his favourite as this little Jazz gem of an album shows.

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