reggae harp??
January 17, 2013 12:35PM
i work with a guy who played blues harp in local bands for years
i'd like to make him a cd of some reggae songs that feature harmonica.
I think i heard an interview with blue riddim band? guy who played harp on many trax,
can you guys name some trax for me? thnx'
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Re: reggae harp??
January 17, 2013 12:41PM
I always enjoyed the harmonica on Soul Syndicate's track "There's A Fire"......
Re: reggae harp??
January 17, 2013 03:19PM
Bob Marley & the Wailers - "Rebel Music" lovely harp vibes laced through the song
Re: reggae harp??
January 17, 2013 03:24PM
I was thinking of the LKJ tune Street 66




Also came across this article
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Re: reggae harp??
January 17, 2013 03:51PM
Big Youth - Some Like It Dread



Re: reggae harp??
January 18, 2013 09:40AM
Re: reggae harp??
January 18, 2013 12:38PM
This one is a classic and there is more harmonica on the B side




Roy Richards has A LOT of harmonica tracks -





And then there's a bunch of ska, but not sure if that fits what you are looking for?



Re: reggae harp??
January 18, 2013 06:54PM
Errol Dunkley/Dreadful Julio -"A Little Way Different"/"Different"- Arawak 12"

The Dreadful Julio cut is a Harmonica Instrumental.
Re: reggae harp??
January 20, 2013 04:01AM
thanks all!
a
Re: reggae harp??
January 20, 2013 10:04AM
As a player of harmonica for more than 40 years, I found it appreciated by players in Jamaica to find a harpist who could play Studio One & Treasure Isle horn lines.grinning smiley

Beyond the efforts of Roy Richards & Charlie Organaire (both of whom used a fairly limited approach to the instrument), I've often wondered why the Jamaican music scene has never had its own homegrown virtuoso.



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Re: reggae harp??
January 20, 2013 11:53PM
Julio Finn on Dennis Bovell's "Shi-Cago" ..

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Chicago Steve "Last of the Jestering"

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Roy Richards "Another Thing"




Lee Jaffe killin it with Bob Marley and the Wailers Live in Chigaco '75- "Rebel Music" and "Talkin Blues" are killer.. Check the Bob Marley- Talkin Blues studio album too




Big Willie- College Rock




William Brown on Kieth Hudson's "Like Im Dying"




Jimmy Becker on Black Uhuru's "There is Fire"




Hubert Lee? on Sugar Minotts Herbman Hustling (Studio One) You have to wait untill the second half of the track for the harmonica to kick in.



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Re: reggae harp??
January 26, 2013 05:54AM
on the big willie college rock it's a melodica not a harmonica

on the pressure and slide/mr. d.c. i believe that's johnny osbourne playing harmonica
Re: reggae harp??
January 26, 2013 11:46AM
The noted CA bluesman Gary Smith on harp:


Re: reggae harp??
January 26, 2013 12:03PM
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The noted CA bluesman Gary Smith on harp:

Re: reggae harp??
January 26, 2013 12:33PM
Guess he's too humble to say anything, but the guy you mention who played with Blue Riddim band is Jimmy Becker.
He played on many tunes while living in JA. Many of these were recorded at the legendary Channel One and many released on the Wellcharge label.
I recently had the honour to hear both Jimmy Becker and Charlie Organaire on stage together with Stranger Cole. I really hope some one filmed or taped it.


Charlie Organaire

Jimmy Becker

After party with Stranger

Following is a quick and very incomplete discography for Jimmy:

2000~With Family & Friends~Soul Syndicate~Harmonica
1998~Was Is & Always~Soul Syndicate~Harmonica
1997~Happiness Come~Gregory Isaacs~Harmonica
1996~Only Love Can Conquer (1976-1979)~Prince Alla~Harmonica
1993~Liberation: The Island Anthology~Black Uhuru~Harmonica
1992~Lonely Days~Gregory Isaacs~Harmonica
1992~The Best of Gregory Isaacs, Vols. 1-2~Gregory Isaacs~Musician, Unknown Contributor Role
1989~Where Is Your Love Mankind?~Rod Taylor~Melodica
1982~Symbol of Reality~The Gladiators~Harmonica
1980~Saturday Night Jamdown Style~Ranking Joe~Harmonica
1980~Sinsemilla~Black Uhuru~Harmonica
Big Youth - Progress [1979]
Big Youth - Reggae Gi Dem Dub [1978]
Big Youth - Rock Holy [1980]
Black Uhuru - Sinsemilla [1980]
Dennis Brown - Spellbound [1980]
Gladiators - Sweet So Till [1979]
Gladiators - Symbol Of Reality [1982]
Gregory Isaacs - The Best Of Vol 2 [1981]
Prince Alla - Only Love Can Conquer [1976-79]
Ras Midas - Rastaman In Exile [1980]
Soul Syndicate - Was, Is & Always [1980]
Various Artists - High Times All Stars Explosion [1985]


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Ras_Adam
i work with a guy who played blues harp in local bands for years
i'd like to make him a cd of some reggae songs that feature harmonica.
I think i heard an interview with blue riddim band? guy who played harp on many trax,
can you guys name some trax for me? thnx'
a
Re: reggae harp??
January 26, 2013 01:00PM
Thanks!!a
Re: reggae harp??
January 26, 2013 03:38PM
Looked for some You tube footage of Jimmy playing with Blue Riddim Band but so far all I have is this excerpt from a show That was a tribute to Scotty not long after he passed.
Not great quality footage but it shows Jimmy playing several times.

video: [youtu.be]
Re: reggae harp??
January 29, 2013 02:03AM
Best in reggae IMO as already mentioned Lee Jaffe with BMW, on tunes like Rebel Music




Re: reggae harp??
January 29, 2013 12:43PM
Twinkle Bros have a harp infused album too (forget the name)

"I'm gonna put on a iron shirt, and chase the devil out of earth" - Max Romeo
Re: reggae harp??
January 29, 2013 05:30PM
Scotti thanks for putting up the info on Mr Becker----all told, the Trinity of harmonica players in JA music is comprised of Jimmy, back to Roy Richards then Charlie Orgainaire.
Re: reggae harp??
January 29, 2013 07:24PM
Jimmy I've know for years and it was a pleasure to meet Charlie this last fall.
I would strongly encourage everyone to be sure to go hear either of them if you have the chance.
I don't know much about Roy but I'm familiar with his name. Does he still perform?
Re: reggae harp??
January 30, 2013 05:56PM
check out rare videos on youtube of jimmy becker when he was a member of Skanking Lizard in early 80's. This was the first band he joined when he came back from his days in Jamaica.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkKE6AUExfg


Re: reggae harp??
January 30, 2013 06:05PM
Jimmy Becker playing harp dressed as a tourist with Skanking lizard Halloween night 1982



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