12 March 2010

Bubbalon By Bass

This week is a trifecta of the advent of Spring, more daylight, and a tie between Formula One recommencing and St. Patrick's Day. It's a time of renewal. Revival.

It's also the anniversary of a sad passing in the central Virginia cosmos. Some years ago, Dave Grant, bass player and sound innovator left too soon, leaving behind a family, legions of musician/colleagues, Fellow DJs and bons vivants of all stripes... but not before exposing all of us to music from all corners of the globe (and especially Jamaican Rocksteady) and hand-molding it into seemingly impossible combinations with Old-Time and traditional east coast instrumentation and vehicles: taking music to a different-but-equal place. That's the responsibility of the creative mind... and that cat had it.

He's the rogue with the double bass at the front fender of the Checker Marathon wagon... a statement all by itself.

"Rock & Groove" - Bunny Wailer - Rock & Groove [Solomonic]
"Only" - Leroy Smart - Private Message [RAS]
"Stranger In Love" - Yabby You - Deliver Me From My Enemies [Blood and Fire]
"Undying Love" - Ernest Wilson - When Rhythm Was King [Heartbeat]
"Move Up/Only A Smile" - Lynn Taitt & The Jets - MP3

"Tribulation" - Jah Lewis - All Gone Astray [Shanachie]
"Everone Could Lose" - Groundation - Here I Am [Groundation]
"Strong Will" - Midnite - For All [Sacred Sounds]
Youssoupha Sidibe, vocals
"Nou La" - Boukman Eksperyans - Voudou Adjae [Mango]
"Blood A Go Run Down King Street" - Yabby You - Deliver Me From My Enemies [Blood and Fire]
"As Salaam Alaikum" - Monsoon - MP3
"Pain In My Belly" - Toots & the Maytals - MP3
"Jazzbo's Mercy" - Prince Jazzbo - Mr. Funny [Pressure Sounds]
"Eastern Standard Time" - Don Drummond - Ska's The Limit (Island Record 40th Anniv. Vol 1) [Island]

"Irish Irie" - Dennis Bovell/Rico Rodriguez - Peeni Walli [Shanachie]
"Grapevine Twist" - Dave Grant/Trishka - Bubbalon By Bass [Darlene Crawford]
"The Clip" - Kingstonians - Sufferer [ATTACK!]
"Hold Me Tight" - Johnny Nash/Lynn Taitt - Hold Me Tight [Trojan]
"Hold Me Tight" - Tim O'Brien/Dave Grant - Bubbalon By Bass [Darlene Crawford]
w/ the Late Johnny Gilmore
"Ramble" - Rico Rodriguez - Countryman Soundtrack [Mango]

"If I Follow My Heart" - Dennis Brown - Foul Play [A&M]
"Crying Over You" - Ken Boothe - Trojans Originals Box [Trojan]
"Go Tell Him" - Hugh Godfrey - Studio One [45]
"Sin & Shame" - Prince Jazzbo - Mr. Funny [Pressure Sounds]
"Got To Be A Soldier" - 10FT Ganja Plant - Bush Rock [I-Town]

"The Call" - Tommy T - The Prester John Sessions [Easy Star]
"Rockaman Dub" - LKJ/Bovell - Peeni Walli [Shanachie]

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