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The Author Profile: Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete. Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood.

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CD Review: Nazarenes, Meditation




I Grade Records, 2012 www.igraderecords.com The last I heard of Nazarenes was a well-received album on the Heartbeat label back in 2004. I remember being highly impressed with it at the time, although when I listen to it again now, I recognize not a single track – a reflection primarily of the not-quite-there quality of […]






CD Review: Brina, Under One Sun




Tribal Global Records, 2011 www.tribalglobal.com On the plus side, Under One Sun features memorable tunes, strong reggae rhythms, and a gorgeous, powerful voice. We also get a full load of passionately sung, deeply felt opinions, observations and advice, as well as full musician credits, lyrics, lots of thank-yous, and so on. And oh yes, a […]






CD Review: Various Artists, African Blues




Putumayo World Music, 2012 www.putumayo.com Ah, what a joy this album is. Mali Latino start things off in an unassuming but soulful way with bluesy acoustic guitar, plaintive vocal, jazzy Booker T-style Hammond organ, and relaxed percussion – a beautiful introduction to a beautiful compilation. Adama Yalomba follows with the lively “Djamakoyo,” featuring complex rhythm, […]






CD Review: Alific, Dub in the District




Johnny Dizzle Records, 2011 www.alific.com I don’t mind this kind of stuff, not at all. “Written, recorded, produced and arranged in my home recording studio,” according to the liner notes from Brendan Dane, a.k.a. Alific. Yep, it’s studio artifice, but that’s the norm for contemporary dub, in fact eliminate the word “home” and that phrase […]






CD Review: The Black Seeds, Dust and Dirt




Easy Star Records, 2012 www.theblackseeds.com Don’t ask me any who-, what- or where-type questions about The Black Seeds; all I can readily find out from the Internet is how to order this new release. But they’re clearly a confident bunch; it takes courage to begin a reggae(ish) album with such a low-key, lugubrious, synthetic, trippy […]






CD Review: Drunk Souls, Revolution




It’s been said that the French don’t do rock well, but they sure can do reggae. Revolution is the latest and best proof: a vibrant, intelligent, edgy, musically inventive album by a group called Drunk Souls. Consider it a reggae updating of Talking Heads as influenced by Manu Chao, touched by the mordancy of Tom […]






CD Review: Dub Nation, Rising Force for Change




2011 www.nationrizn.com What with the presence of 1) a couple of alumni from The Spinners, 2) a whole bunch of 60s-era rock/pop lyrics like “spinning on a carousel” and “we’ve got to come together,” and 3) a few left-over melodies from 70s soul and gospel, you might think this album by Dub Nation is neither […]






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About the author

Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete.

Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood.

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