Thursday, April 14, 2016

Day 166 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Frank Anderson & The Skatalites - Musical Storeroom

Hopping over to Duke Reid's for the 165th track in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge and it is yet another premium slice of ska goodness.  "Musical Storeroom," originally credited to Roland Alphonso and Frank Anderson due to their masterfully smooth saxophone and trumpet solos respectively, was originally released as the b-side to Stranger Cole's "He Who Feels It Knows It" in 1964 on Treasure Isle.  This is one of those feel-good ska instrumentals that originally attracted me to the music many years ago.  Ska is usually upbeat, uptempo and what some new listeners would even classify as frantic but in "Musical Storeroom" the Skatalites were able to keep the beat up while capturing all the melodic laid-back feel of a smooth jazz number... pure niceness!

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