Lloyd Brevett / Aug 1, 1931 - May 3, 2012

Happy born day to the ex-Skatalite bassist Lloyd Brevett. He played the upright and was a founding member of the Skatalites, one of the most important bands the planet has ever known. One of their best albums came under the leadership of Brevett, the amazingly funky 1975 classic African Roots.

He was a trained jazz bassist and knew how to build & repair them. With the Skatalites he provided backing to early recordings by The Wailers, as well as early Lee Perry and Alton Ellis records. He played with The Soul Vendors and Herbie Mann while the Skatalites were broken up, before rejoining the legends for several decades.

He was the uncle of Tony Brevett of the Melodians. Brevett died from a series of strokes in 2012, just two weeks after the murder of his son. Brevett was a rastafarian and had earned a Jamaican Order of Distinction.

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