All About the Up-Stroke: An interview with Skatronics founder, and Aswad alumunus, Clifton ‘Bigga’ Morrison

Featuring a towering cast of Brit reggae legends, Skatronics blend traditional Jamaican rhythms with jazzy improvisations and dub grooves. Rising from the ashes of the acclaimed Jazz Jamaica AllStars Big Band, the octet is lead by ex-Aswad keyboardist Clifton‘Bigga’ Morrison. The band uses a daring mix of technology and a full horn section to conjure thick grooves which update the timeless dance hall music for the 21st century. The list of previous collaborators solidifies the band’s credentials, with former Joss Stone and Art Blakey sideman Alan Weekes on guitar, fellow-Aswad alumni Kenrick Rowe on drums and Craig David backing bassist Don … Continue reading All About the Up-Stroke: An interview with Skatronics founder, and Aswad alumunus, Clifton ‘Bigga’ Morrison

Swing when you’re winning: Jay Phelps gets his groove

AS slick jazz trumpeter Jay Phelps hits the road, Rob Garratt found out what makes the former Empirical founder swing  FOR Jay Phelps, it really don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got the swing. In fact it may be hard to find someone who has lived their life more acutely in tune with Duke Ellington’s mantra. After all, Phelps is the guy who walked out of perhaps the biggestUKjazz band of his generation, at the peak of its powers, simply because it didn’t groove enough. That band was Empirical, a sharp-dressed quintet of classy young players in slick suits, … Continue reading Swing when you’re winning: Jay Phelps gets his groove