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Recently, the rhythm section of the Rhythm Express; Bill King – keyboards, Everton ‘Pablo’ Paul – drums and Jesse “Dubmatix” King – bass, recorded a couple sides with Jamaica’s national music treasure – guitarist Ernest Ranglin. Two tracks are slated for vocalists, Selena Evangeline, “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” a classic, near forgotten Memphis soul song from singer Ann Peeples (1974) and “Midnight Confessions” for Ammoye, originally recorded by Phyliss Dillon (1971).

Ranglin was in town and locked into Side Door recording studio laying down an instrumental album of ten originals under the stewardship of producer Everton “Pablo” Paul. Each song is composed with that 1950’s bebop sensibility. Those Charlie Parker like ripping melodies played like a finely crafted improvised solo. Ranglin positions his bebop inflected melodies over reggae and ska rhythms using traditional African and West Indian harmonies.

The horn section on these sessions is stellar; Bobby Hsu – alto sax, Chris Butcher, trombone, Mike Arthurs – tenor saxophone and Alexander Brown, trumpet. Release date to be determined.

Parker tended to write melodies over pre-existing jazz forms and standards. For example, Parker’s composition, “Ornithology” was based on the standard, “How High the Moon.” In that spirit, producers Bill and Jesse King gave Ranglin free reign to solo over the form of “Can’t Stop the Rain” and bring that same “freewheelin’” urgency and reshape the chord changes into an jam instrumental; “Before the Rain.”

Everton Paul supplies a hard core back beat and shares tambourine duties with “Dubmatix. Bill King claims middle ground – piano and organ – and Jesse ”Dubmatix” King provides rock solid Memphis style bass pattern, reminiscent of those early Stax/Volt – or Hi Records based on that deep “in the pocket” groove. Ranglin contributes both slashing rhythm and a blistering four minute solo

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released February 1, 2016
Everton Paul supplies a hard core back beat and shares tambourine duties with “Dubmatix. Bill King claims middle ground – piano and organ – and Jesse ”Dubmatix” King provides rock solid Memphis style bass pattern, reminiscent of those early Stax/Volt – or Hi Records based on that deep “in the pocket” groove. Ranglin contributes both slashing rhythm and a blistering four minute solo.
Engineered: Shane “Shaky” Forrest
Producers: Bill and Jesse King for 7 Arts Entertainment
Ernest Ranglin – guitar
Bill King – piano/organ
Everton “Pablo” Paul – drums
Jesse “Dubmatix” King - bass
Composers: Ernest Ranglin, William King, Jesse King, Everton ‘Pablo’Paul’
Publisher: Night Passage Music (Bill King), PPL (Ernest Ranglin) SOCAN (Everton ‘Pablo’ Paul,) Last Gang Publishing (Jesse King

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