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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: Zion, Crying for Freedom




[Skank Records, 2011-11-12] The artist called Zion is hugely reminiscent stylistically, and in his vocal timbre, to Bob Marley (as opposed to, for example, the unique Ossie Dellimore as featured on another recent Skank Records release). Granted, Bob is a worthy template to adopt, and in any case, if what you’re looking for is enjoyable […]






CD Review: Ossie Dellimore, Reggae Music




[Skank Records, 2010] I complain occasionally about the exceedingly narrow lyrical focus of most Rastafarian songwriters, meaning too much of the automaton preacher, too little of the rational thinker; too much “reasoning,” too little awareness evident therein. But you can’t say that about Ossie Dellimore, whose obvious intelligence is an unusually good match for his […]






CD Review: Inner Visions, Stay Alive!




www.innervisionsreggae.com Inner Visions is very definitely staying alive as a great reggae band. But Stay Alive!, however enjoyable, is not a great reggae album. Too predicable. Too many re-used melodies and tired themes, too much dependence on reggae’s clichés. Lots of the band’s usual vibrancy and spirit, but too little inspiration. That’s easy for me […]






CD Review: Lorenzo, Movin’ Ahead




www.irieites.net  There may have been a time when I would have been excited about this album – probably when reggae was relatively new to me, when solid rhythms, a mix featuring lots of horns and other musical textures, and apparent sincerity in the vocals and lyrics were sufficient to bring a smile to my face […]






CD Review: See-I, See-I




2011, Fort Knox Recordings www.fortknoxrecordings ; www.See-I.com I hate using clichés, but this is a perfect occasion for this one: “greater than the sum of its parts.” The notable musical elements on display in the eponymously titled See-I aren’t unusual in the broad spectrum of reggae – dub effects, funky horns, soul and rap influences, […]






CD Review: Stephen West, Take A Rough Life Easy




High-Light Records www.emphasisentertainment.com Well, here’s yet another reggae album full of warnings and advice on how we should live our lives. Ready? “Take a rough life easy” (track 1); “we should live good, especially in our neighborhood” (track 2); “forget your problems” (track 3); “stick together and be strong” (track 4); “our people don’t want […]






CD Review: Kevin Kinsella, Great Design




www.kevinkinsellamusic.com Kinsella is pretty much on his own on Great Design, delivering what is at once a more subdued and more varied take on reggae, as distinct from the predominately roots output of his band 10 Ft. Ganja Plant. So this new album comes across much like the singer-songwriter albums of a few decades back, […]






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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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