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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: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, In These Times




2012 www.giantpandadub.com A promotional blurb refers to In These Times as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s “new psychedelic reggae album.” Sure enough, it’s reggae, and of a very attractive kind, but it seems I no longer have a clue what “psychedelic” means. Maybe it refers to the slightly esoteric instrumentation, which includes Hammond B3 organ, […]






CD Review: Midnite, Kings Bell




IGrade Records, 2011 Unforgiving no-nonsense one-drop momentum densely textured brittle tattered breathless mannered chant seemingly featureless landscape of complex literate sound occasional snatches of melodic instrumental surprise challenging us at every turn themes from contemporary Kafka by way of Rastafarian James Joyce formidable ethereal earthiness leavened by horns organ synth keyboards yep this is definitely Midnite in fact […]






CD Review: Earl Zero, Marketplace




Foreign Key Records, 2011 Earl Zero has been around the roots reggae scene a long time. That’s perhaps because he has the perfect voice for it: essentially soft and supple, therefore capable of the subtleties required of the genre, yet also expressive, carrying hints of both defiance and “sufferation.” Add to that Zero’s rhythmic sense […]






CD Review: Three Legged Fox, Always Anyway




[2011] Is this reggae or is it rock? I dunno. It’s certainly not “Rasta music” – the lyrical focus sees to that and the rock sensibility is far too strong anyway. But it’s also not merely rock done with a reggae beat in the manner of say, The Clash or Blondie of old – the […]






CD Review: Hossam Ramzy and Special Guests, Rock the Tabla




[ARC, 2011] There’s good reason this album has been given the red carpet treatment by its label. What else do you do with such an amazing conglomeration of musical ideas other than spread the word far and wide? On the one hand there are moments of serene beauty, and on the other, complex, writhing, swirling […]






CD Review: The Green, Ways & Means




[Easy Star, 2011] For some reason musicians of the islands of Hawai’i often do an amazing job with the music of the island of Jamaica. There’s something in the water besides salt, apparently. Anyway, here’s another example. Through their Ways & Means, the four members of The Green have bestowed on us 14 tracks of […]






CD Review: Tommy McCook, Dubbing With Horns




[Jamaican Recordings, 2011] Sure, you probably know the name Tommy McCook from his days in ska, but you may not have heard much about him post-Skatalites. Fortunately, though, he did move onward, and I daresay upward, settling comfortably into the rich reggae of the 1970s – which is the period represented on Dubbing With Horns. […]






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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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