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Sugar Minott / May 25, 1956 - July 10, 2010

Sugar Minott / May 25, 1956 - July 10, 2010

Among the greatest and most influential of Jamaican singers, Lincoln "Sugar" Minott was already a known entity on the Kingston scene by 13. After working as a selector on various sound systems he started The African Brothers (with Tony Tuff & Derrick Howard) in 1969. They were a successful unit through the early '70s, especially with their rasta perspective. At 18 Sugar started working as a session musician at the famed Studio 1, becoming a recording artist under his own name shortly thereafter. His '70s & '80s recordings for Studio 1, Channel One, Wackie's, Taxi, Trojan and his own Black...

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Terry Callier / May 24, 1945 - Oct 27, 2012

Terry Callier / May 24, 1945 - Oct 27, 2012

Happy birthday to one of Chicago's greatest! Terry Callier was an amazing singer/songwriter and guitarist, his sound & style were equal parts folkie, soul and jazz. Callier grew up with Curtis Mayfield, Major Lance and Jerry Butler and sang in doo-wop groups and played piano. In '62 he signed to Chess and released his first record while still in high school. While in college he got heavily into John Coltrane and took his songs to the folk coffeehouses. He recorded the classic The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier for Prestige Records and had his songs covered by others from...

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Happy Earth Arrival Day!

Happy Earth Arrival Day!

 

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Henri Guédon / May 22, 1944 - Feb 12, 2006

Henri Guédon / May 22, 1944 - Feb 12, 2006

One of my favorite Caribbean-born artists was master percussionist & composer Henri "Kiké" Guédon. Born in Martinique, he got his career going in the mid '60s with his band La Contesta. He played every style of Latin music, with strong funk & jazz undercurrents, to go with his Antillan and Caribbean musics (zouk, bomba, merengue, beguine, Cuban, etc) and even classical and avant-garde. He was a major Latin music star in France and enlisted world class musicians in his bands. He performed with the percussion front-of-the-stage like his idol Ray Barretto. There are some good collections and reissues of some...

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Barry Rogers / May 22, 1935 - April 18, 1991

Barry Rogers / May 22, 1935 - April 18, 1991

One of the many Jews to contribute immensely to the classic NYC salsa scene, Barry Rogers was a Bronx-bred trombonist who was a first call of many Latin bandleaders, as well as a founding member of the excellent '70s fusion group Dreams (along with Billy Cobham, The Brecker Brothers, John Abercrombie and others). Neighborhood-wise, he came up in mambo & jazz territory. A jazzer at his core, Rogers started playing in Latin bands in the mid '50s. He led the Hugo Dickens group, of which many of the best players of the day (Marty Sheller, Hubert Laws, Bobby Porcelli, Pete...

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