Friday, July 09, 2010

Ernest Ranglin : In search of the lost riddim 2000

Ernest Ranglin O.D. (born June 19, 1932 in Manchester, Jamaica) is a Jamaican guitarist and composer. Best known for his session work at the famed Studio One, Ranglin helped give birth to the ska genre in the late 1950s. Some credit Ranglin with the invention of the core style of guitar play (sometimes known as "scratching") found in nearly all ska music.

Ernest Ranglin grew up in the small town of Robin's Hall in the Parish of Manchester, a rural community In the middle of Jamaica. Music has always claimed a special place In the Island's culture, and Ranglin's destiny was set from an early age when two of his uncles showed him the rudiments of playing the guitar. When they discovered just how good the young boy was, they bought him a ukulele.

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. Living in rural Jamaica, however, inhibited the boy's ambitions, which, even at the age of fourteen, were focused on music. He then moved to Kingston - the country's capital - ostensibly to finish his studies at Bodmin College. Very high on Ranglin's agenda was to seriously study the guitar; something not on the school's priorities.

Ranglin played on many classic Jamaican recordings, and he performed with artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander, Prince Buster, The Skatalites and the Eric Deans Orchestra. He has also explored other styles of music, notably blending jazz and reggae.

Ranglin's fluent and versatile guitar style, coupled with his arrangement skills, meant he was in constant demand right through the ska era. In addition to his work with Prince Buster and Baba Brooks, Ranglin was also remembered by Chris Blackwell who, in 1962, had launched Island Records in Britain. Blackwell had a song he thought could be a pop smash. He also had a young Jamaican singer called Millie, who'd previously recorded some sides for Coxsone Dodd. In 1964 Blackwell brought both Millie and Ranglin to London; they recorded My Boy Lollipop which, in the spring of that year, reached number two in the UK chart. It went on to become a worldwide hit, the first time ska had infiltrated into the vocabulary of pop music.

In recent years, Ernest Ranglin has gone back to his roots and has made various cross cultural collaborations and concept albums. On Below the Bassline he covers some of the greatest songs of the rock and roll era. Memories of Barber Mack is Ernest Ranglin's tribute to the late Jamaican saxophonist Barber Mack. The Search of the Lost Riddim album took Ernest Ranglin to Senegal for his first visit since the mid 1970's when he toured as part of the Jimmy Cliff band. These recording sessions represent the accomplishment of a dream he had cherished for over 20 years: returning to Africa to record with African musicians. Modern Answers to Old Problems is an adventuresome mix of jazz sophistication and Afro-pop syncopation, and finaly his last album Gotcha! shows what a perfect instrumentalist Ernest realy is.

Ernest Ranglin: Guitar
Ira Coleman: Contrabass
Dion Parson: Trap Drums
Assane Diop: Tama (Talking Drum)
Bada Seck: Sabar Drums
Bahkane Seck: Djembe/Sabar Drums
Babacar Seck: Sabar Drums
Kawding Cissokho: Kora
Barou Sall: Hoddu
Adama Cissokho: Balafon
Mansour Seck: Guitar + Vocals
Baaba Maal: Guitar + Vocals
Alioune M'Baye Nder: Vocals
El Hadji Malick Aw: Calabash
Cisse Diamba Kanoute: Vocals

1 D'accord Dakar
2 Up On The Downstroke
3 Minuit
4 Ala Walee
5 Cherie
6 Haayo
7 Anna
8 Nuh True
9 Wouly
10 Pili Pili
11 Midagny

Produced by Ira Coleman, Ernest Ranglin
+ Bart Fermie
Recorded at Pyramide Culturelle Studio 2000
in Dakar, Senegal
Executive Producer: Trevor Wyatt
Mixed by Danny Dipaoula, Ira Coleman
+ John Tendy
Engineer: Ousseynou Ndoye
Assistant Engineers: Lamine Ba,
Abdull Lahad Wonde, Aidara Djibi Fall
Mastered at Soundmasters by Kevin Metcalfe

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Size : 404 MB
Label : Palm Records

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1 comment:

  1. Great blog! Portrait of Ernie Ranglin :