Treasure Isle: ‘Ska All Mighty’


“Ska All Mighty” is a collection from Reid’s Treasure Isle label. Accessible to both fans and fanatics of Jamaican music, it retains the scratchy-record sound of the old mobile system. Since ska emphasizes the soloist more than reggae or rock-steady, you get to hear some short and sweet improvisational nuggets from the likes of saxophonist Rolando Alphonso and trombonist Don Drummond (two ska legends who took the Wailers and a very young Bob what’s-his-name under their wings in the early years).

Tracks like The Skatalites’ “Sailing Along” come across like the jump-blues they originated from, while The Dominoes’ drummer bashes his kit on “Corner Stone” in such a way you can’t help hopping up and down (make sure to draw your bedroom curtains).

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

Treasure Isle: 'Ska All Mighty' | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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