Togetherness (Delanuca Records 45132-2, 2006)
Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez is a legendary figure in recent Jamaican music. Togetherness is his latest released, released on a label that is better known for rock en español. There is a connection, though. Rico Rodriguez recorded this CD in Argentina. The musicians who participated in the album are known as the Roots to the Bone Band, an All Star cast comprised by members of some of Argentina’s top Reggae and Ska bands: Los Cafres, Mimi Maura, Dancing Mood & Los Intocables.
Togetherness is a fun album and trip through the history of Jamaican music. The trombone-led pieces range from fast paced ska to the more attractive funky reggae beats.
Rico Rodriguez has performed with some of the biggest names in Jamaican music, such as Bob Marley, The Specials, Burning Spear and Skatalites. This recording shows us why.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.