Year two in Side Door Records recording studio, Rhythm Express finds their community voice penning six of the twelve songs on Kingston Blues.
Title track Kingston Blues is a ska rhythm with an elongated blues built in, the handiwork of Jesse â€œDubmatixâ€ King. This is where the communal side of the Express kicks in. Bill King steps back in time and scripts horn lines that could easily reside in the vocabulary of such Jamaican bands, the Skatalites. Everton and Liza Paul scripted lyrics that speak of the landscape elder Paul traveled in his youth; the Kingston clubs, neighborhoods, recording studios and celebrates those masters who paved the way. Vocalist Maiko Watson gives a laid back read keeping the melody true to the times - in the spirit of women who popularized reggae and ska. Engineer Sahne 'Shaky J' Forrest.
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