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Vin Gordon & Manasseh

Music Tree

Roots Garden Records

Released: 24th March 2014 | 3 track roots reggae single

Roots Garden present a brand new single featuring the legendary Jamaican trombonist Vin Gordon.

Inspired by his memrories of writing songs under the mango tree, in the iconic Jamaican 'Studio One' yard at 13 Brentford Road. Vin delivers a blazing horns instrumental, his confident style and sophisicated phrasing cementing his credentials as a true master of his craft. Brighton based saxophonist Leroy Horns adds further harmonies and majestic vibes to this contempoary roots classic.

Manasseh strips the rhythm back to its raw elments on the flipside, it's organic drums and deep bassline providing a heavyweight dubwise outing.

Vin Gordon - Is a true giant of Jamaican music, undoubtedly the most prolific Trombonist in Jamaica's music history he has played an integral role it's evolution from Ska to Reggae, Rocksteady and beyond. The body of work he has both composed, written and contributed to is of truly staggering proportion including many of the most notable and iconic Reggae songs ever made, including seminal works by The Wailers, Burning Spear and Aswad!

Treading a familiar path into the Jamaican music business he graduated from the notorious 'Alpha Boy's school' in the mid sixties. His talent was soon spotted by Skatalite saxophonist Roland Alphonso who invited him to record at Coxsone Dodds Studio One.
One of his first session's was playing on Bob Marley's monumental Rude Boy tune Jail house.
At Studio One Gordon met Lee Perry and played with many reggae artists during the rock steady years. He played on records by BB Seaton, The Heptones, Bob Andy and Keith Hudson amongst countless others.Here he was bestowed with the nick name 'Don D junior' after the late great Don Drummond.
Vin remained Bob Marley and the Wailers Trombonist up till 1978 but continued to work both as a solo artist and writer throughout this period composing many of the most familiar horn melodies for a whole host of Artists such as: Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Aswad, Culture, Dillinger, Black Uhuru....