THE SKATALITES

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More than a band, the Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn't merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the '50s and '60s. Although the group existed in its original incarnation for less than 18 months, members brought their signature styles to hundreds upon hundreds of the island's releases. The Skatalites officially lined up as guitarist Jerome "Jah Jerry" Hinds, bassist Lloyd Brevett, teenaged pianist Donat Roy "Jackie" Mittoo, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, trumpeter Johnnie "Dizzie" Moore, Cuban-born tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook, alto saxophonists Lester Sterling and Cuban born Roland Alphonso, and trombonist Don Drummond. Moore, McCook, Sterling, and Drummond were all alumni of the Alpha Cottage School for Boys, an educational institution for troubled and troublesome boys in Kingston, run by the Catholic diocese. Besides the regular lashings of studies, the school was renowned for its music program, read more...
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THE SKATALITES Discography

THE SKATALITES albums / top albums

THE SKATALITES Ska Authentic album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Ska Authentic
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1967
THE SKATALITES The Skatalite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Skatalite
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1969
THE SKATALITES African Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Roots
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1978
THE SKATALITES Scattered Lights album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Scattered Lights
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1984
THE SKATALITES Return Of The Big Guns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Return Of The Big Guns
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1984
THE SKATALITES At Sunsplash album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Sunsplash
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1984
THE SKATALITES The Long Hot Summer - Jamaican Ska 1963 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Long Hot Summer - Jamaican Ska 1963
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1991
THE SKATALITES Ska Voovee album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ska Voovee
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1993
THE SKATALITES Hi-Bop Ska album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Hi-Bop Ska
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1994
THE SKATALITES Greetings From Skamania album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Greetings From Skamania
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1996
THE SKATALITES Ball Of Fire album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Ball Of Fire
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1997
THE SKATALITES Heroes Of Reggae In Dub album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Heroes Of Reggae In Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1999
THE SKATALITES Bashaka album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Bashaka
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2000
THE SKATALITES Herb Dub - Collie Dub album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Herb Dub - Collie Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2001
THE SKATALITES From Paris With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From Paris With Love
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2002
THE SKATALITES The Legendary Skatalites In Dub album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Legendary Skatalites In Dub
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2003
THE SKATALITES Rolling Steady The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Rolling Steady The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2007
THE SKATALITES Rollin' On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rollin' On
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2010
THE SKATALITES Walk With Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk With Me
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2012

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THE SKATALITES In Orbit Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Orbit Vol. 1
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2005
THE SKATALITES Stretching Out Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stretching Out Volume One
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2008
THE SKATALITES Stretching Out Volume Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stretching Out Volume Two
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2009

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THE SKATALITES re-issues & compilations

THE SKATALITES Foundation Ska album cover 5.00 | 3 ratings
Foundation Ska
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1997
THE SKATALITES Featuring Don Drummond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Featuring Don Drummond
Dub/Ska/Reggae 1997
THE SKATALITES Lucky Seven album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lucky Seven
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2002
THE SKATALITES Kingston 11 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kingston 11
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2005
THE SKATALITES Independence Ska and the Far East Sound: Original Ska Sounds from the Skatalites 1963-65 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Independence Ska and the Far East Sound: Original Ska Sounds from the Skatalites 1963-65
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2016
THE SKATALITES The Best of the Skatalites album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the Skatalites
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2017

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Live At Lokerse Feesten
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2006

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THE SKATALITES Foundation Ska

Boxset / Compilation · 1997 · Dub/Ska/Reggae
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The original Skatalites came together in 1963 and made numerous recordings for a variety of studios for a couple of years before splitting into two separate super groups. Although they reformed in 1983, and have carried on until today in various incarnations, nothing matches the magic of their early recordings. Like other especially blessed groups, such as James Brown’s early 70s ensemble, the original Skatalites pioneered a sound all their own that can never be duplicated, and created such a special aura around their music that almost everything they recorded was pure gold.

Stories vary as to how the Skatalites first fell together, but basically most of them had all worked together before in various jazz, RnB and Jamaican music ensembles. Things really fell into place when ex-pat trumpeter Tommy McCook returned from an extended jazz gig in the Bahamas and was finally convinced to switch from jazz to ska. Although ska music had been around for a few years before the Skatalites became an official group, nobody played the new style the way they did. Designed after a 50s dance hall jazz/jump blues band, the Skatalites were a nine member group with a five man horn section backed by a rhythm quartet. Their music was a perfect blend of old school sophisticated swing jazz, rootsy RnB, spunky early jazz call and response techniques and a very swinging take on the new ska rhythm. Early jazz and true Jamaican music are both styles that possess a certain magic that is impossible to duplicate, and in combination their charms only multiply. The tunes the band draws on varies from Jamaican melodies, spy movie themes, pop tunes of the day by the Beatles etc, and truncated snippets of old bop melodies. Although the rhythms and horn charts are based in RnB and Jamaican music, the soloists seem to favor the older swinging style of Coleman Hawkins or Buck Clayton. Its this juxtaposition again of the older jazz and the island vibe.

There are many compilations out there of early Skatalites music, “Foundation Ska” centers around their earliest material recorded with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. Other compilations worth checking out could center around their work with Treasure Isle or The Yap Brothers.

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