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The Author Profile: Tom Orr is a Southern California-based writer, voice actor, percussionist and working stiff whose scribblings have tainted several otherwise quality magazines and web sources. His Jah works include providing love and support to his wife Teresa and children Bethany, Shiloh and Elijah.

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CD Reviews: Various Artists, African Beat & Latin Beat




Things are getting to where just about every music compilation with “beat” or “groove” in the title is bound to be a collection of tunes designed for contemporary dance floors. I’m not opposed to the idea of letting remixers and electronica tinkerers get their hands on traditional music in order to make it more danceable […]






CD Review: The Simpkin Project, Everything You Want




[Hughes Drive Productions, 2011]  The latest from the Huntington Beach, CA-based Simpkin Project is another smart set of inspired and dance-inducing reggae from a band that’s on the rise and sounding great. Their band members – two guitarists, two keyboardists, bassist, drummer and percussionist – lay into the opening instrumental “Showtime” with the expertise of […]






CD Review: Ruff Scott, Roots and Culture




[Cool Breeze Records, 2011] If you’re a reggae artist and you release an album called “Roots and Culture,” you had best be certain that the music is reflective of such a title and that yours is a voice strong and distinctive enough to overcome a title that’s, well, kind of generic. Ruff Scott hails from […]






CD Review: Shango Trex, Shango Trex




[Stashang/E2 Recordings, 2009] I don’t know where this guy is from or how his self-titled CD reached me (apparently a couple of years after its release). But whoever Shango Trex is, he can sing, and apart from a few tiresome girl-you’re-so-sexy sentiments, he’s singing about things that matter. He pleads for help for the younger […]






CD Review: Warrior King, Tell Me How Me Sound




[Tads, 2011] If the title of this album is Warrior King’s way of asking for an honest assessment of how he sounds at this juncture in his career, I’m happy to respond. And while his vocals are strong and supple, I have to say that it takes some time for him to sound much like […]






CD Review: Easy Star All-Stars, First Light




[Easy Star, 2011] We all know the NYC-based Easy Star All-Stars are unbeatable when it comes to providing backup for reggae vets like the Meditations, Sister Carol or Sugar Minott (may he rest in peace). And sure, their remakes of classic albums Dark Side of the Moon and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in […]






CD Review: David Solid Gould vs. Bill Laswell, Dub of the Passover




[Tzadik, 2011] Among several breakaways from John Brown’s Body is bassist David “Solid” Gould, who, like former JBB frontman Kevin Kinsella, often has spiritual matters in mind when he makes music. Gould and his Temple Rockers band created one of reggae’s most intriguing pieces of cross-religious syncretism a couple of years ago with Feast of […]






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Tom Orr is a Southern California-based writer, voice actor, percussionist and working stiff whose scribblings have tainted several otherwise quality magazines and web sources. His Jah works include providing love and support to his wife Teresa and children Bethany, Shiloh and Elijah.

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