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Format: CD
Sku: 60100632
UPC: 731452429926
UPC 14: 00731452429926
Release Date: 6/11/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Congo Man Chant ~ Ernest Ranglin
2. Surfin' ~ Ernest Ranglin
3. King Tubby Meets The Rockers ~ Ernest Ranglin
4. Satta Massagana ~ Ernest Ranglin
5. 54-46 (Was My Number) ~ Ernest Ranglin
6. Ball Of Fire ~ Ernest Ranglin
7. Black Disciples ~ Ernest Ranglin
8. Bourbon Street Skank ~ Ernest Ranglin
9. None Shall Escape The Judgement ~ Ernest Ranglin
10. Nana's Chalk Pipe ~ Ernest Ranglin
11. Below The Bassline ~ Ernest Ranglin

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ernest Ranglin (guitar); Roland Alphonso (tenor & soprano saxophones); Monty Alexander (piano, melodica); Gary Mayone (keyboards, percussion); Ira Coleman (acoustic bass); Idris Muhammad (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Sony Music Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Steve Barrow.
Muze PNote Personnel: Ernest Ranglin (guitar); Monty Alexander (melodica, piano); Roland Alphonso (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gary Mayone (keyboards, percussion); Ira Coleman (acoustic bass); Idris Muhammad (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mark Wilder.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Steve Barrow.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sony Music Studios, New York, NY.
Muze PNote If there is was ever one Jamaican musician who should be considered a representative of all things musical in that tropical paradise, it is guitarist Ernest Ranglin. In the nearly 50 years of playing leading up to the release of 1996's BELOW THE BASSLINE, Ranglin has not only seen musical trends metamorphosize from mento to ska to rock-steady and reggae, but has also had a hand in participating in sessions for many hit songs.
Muze PNote BASSLINE bubbles over with Ranglin's distinctive and fluid guitar lines. He is joined by a talented back-up band, including Jamaican pianist Monte Alexander, jazz great Idris Muhammad on drums and Skatalites saxman Roland Alphonso. The mix of songs in this instrumental setting contains not only a number of Ranglin originals, but material by Augustus Pablo ("King Tubby Meets The Rockers"), Burning Spear ("Black Disciples") and Toots Hibbert ("54-46 [Was My Number]"). Regardless of origin, this talented crew manages to have great fun changing gears for this ska, reggae and dub material delivered with a jazzy touch. This wonderful instrumental opus is a Jamaican musical history lesson. In addition, Ranglin's exquisite phrasing makes BELOW THE BASSLINE the perfect soundtrack for Sunday brunch.

Producer: Monty Alexander

Engineer: Andrew Page; Mark Wilder

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Idris Muhammad
Muze Guest Artist Monty Alexander
Muze Guest Artist Roland Alphonso

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Tropic New Wave
Muze Music Compilations Muzik City: the Story Of Trojan
Muze Music Compilations Rendezvous Lounge
Muze Music Compilations Breathe:relaxing Jazz Guitar
Muze Music Compilations War Ina Babylon/island Reggae Antholo

Associated Artists and Works

Alexander, Monty
Hunter, Charlie

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/01/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : IJCD 4002
Music Label Name Label : Island Jamaica
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731452429926

Professional Reviews

Q (7/96, p.122)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...These are Jamaica's standards but they have never felt as intimate as this. Invariably light of touch, Ranglin never overstates his case, relying instead on filigree melody and a delicious, mellow elegance....BELOW THE BASSLINE is peacefully magnificent."

JazzTimes (10/96, p.81)
- "...Ranglin settles comfortably into this disc's reggae jazz grooves...moving from velvety Wes-styled octaves to bluesy, Green-styled runs."

The Beat (V.15 #4 1996, p.28)
- "...a recording of such deep quality, of such straight-ahead radicalness, infused with such satisfying wonderfulness and fantastic guitar playing that I defy anyone not to be immensely enamored of the intelligent, subtle grooves contained in this major release."

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