Tommy McCook – The Authentic Ska Sound

Recorded during the summer of ’97 at King Bravo’s Authentic Studios in Newark, NJ; Tommy McCook and Friends – The Authentic Ska Sound brings together the legendary Skatalites tenor-sax player, a small core of Skatalites members, ‘The Sledge’ from The Toasters, and, on vocals, King Bravo and Lord Tanamo. The resulting output is a ska and rocksteady record of the highest caliber. Lloyd Brevett’s heavy bass riddims laced with Lynn Taitt’s outstanding guitar leads and killer horn arrangements from a few Alpha Boys School-trained masters.

Contained within are the last recordings of this phenomenal horn player since he passed away in May ’98, a few months after its release. I was sad to learn of the news at the time and even more saddened, and shocked, by the fact that he passed away ten minutes from my house in Stone Mtn., Georgia where he had been living for years. If only I had known…

This platter comes highly recommended as a document of class tunes blended perfectly in a way that has allowed it to remain timeless. Now clap your hands and stomp your feet ’cause this happens to be a Tommy McCook treat.

Tommy McCook and Friends – The Authentic Ska Sound; Moon Ska, 1997

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