Roland Al and The Soul Brothers: Dr. Ring-A-Ding
Roland Al and The Soul Brothers
More Intensified: Original Ska 1963-1967, Vol. 2 (Mango 9597)
Roland Alphonso (tenor sax),
Bobby Ellis (trumpet), Jackie Mittoo (organ), unidentified rhythm section.
Composed by Roland Alphonso, Clement Dodd & J. Moore.
Recorded: Kingston, Jamaica, 1966
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Ska was heavily influenced by American jazz and R&B, and Roland Alphonso brought a coolness and sophistication to many ska sessions in the mid-1960s. I listened to a lot of ska back in high school, at a time in my life when I had not heard much jazz. So you could say that in a roundabout way, it was through Roland Alphonso that I was first exposed to some of the concepts and sounds of jazz saxophone.
Reviewer: Ben Allison (for Desert Island Dozens)