Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cedric Im Brooks & The Light Of Saba

Cedric Im Brooks & The Light Of Saba

Label - Honest Jon's Records
Released - 2003
Style - Dub, Roots, Reggae, Nyabinghi, Calypso, Jazz, Funk, Afro Funk, Disco, Lee Library

"Cedric "Im" Brooks’ is arguably the most innovative saxophone players in all of reggae music. His stunning fusion of jazz, Afro-beat, funk and Latin with reggae sets him apart as a true pioneer, radically altering the limits and expectations of what reggae music could sound like. Born in Jamaica, Cedric Brooks toured Caribbean hotels and clubs with various big bands and combos in the 1960's.

All the time, however, his own musical horizons - especially the breakthrough of new jazz - grew increasingly distant from the constrained, commercial music he had to play.

So when the chance came to visit America, Brooks eagerly accepted the opportunity. It was there that he became awe-struck by the music and vibes of jazz legend Sun Ra and Sonny Rollins. He was on the point of joining Sun Ra when the birth of his second daughter necessitated his return to Jamaica. Despite reggae being in full swing on the island, Cedric took up Sun Ra's challenge by moving beyond reggae's rocksteady beat by experimenting with free jazz and poetry, African robes and dancers. And so he formed his group The Light of Saba, taking leads from Hugh Masekela and Fela Kuti creating a multi-cultural 'world music' way ahead of its time.

The Light of Saba collects 18 Of Cedric Brooks' most exhilarating tracks blending African and US, Cuban and other West Indian influences - calypso and funk, rhumba, jazz bebop, nyabinghi and even '70s disco - on top of a foundation of sunny, warm reggae music. All the originals go for big bucks & are impossible to find. If you’ve never heard of Cedric Brooks before, then get ready to experience reggae in ways you never thought possible."

1 Lambs Bread Collie
2 Sabasi
3 Free Up Black Man
4 Outcry
5 Salt Lane Rock
6 Sabebe
7 Nobody's Business
8 Rasta Lead On Version
9 Sabayindah
10 Rebirth
11 Satta Massa Gana
12 Africa
13 Sound
14 Sly Mongoose
15 Words Of Wisdom
16 Jah Light It Right
17 Ethiopia Tikdem
18 Song For My Father
19 Collie Version


P M X said...

Strictly the best, and a dubwise classic.

Anonymous said...

Great post, listen to it all the time.


sputnik707 said...

Thanks for this, I have a great 12" somewhere in storage, a remix of Africa, which is worth checking for a different take on it.