Soul Jazz Records have announced the release on a new Studio One compilation: “Studio One Jump-Up“, featuring killer tracks by The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Derrick Morgan, Lord Creator, The Maytals,
Lester Sterling, Count Ossie and more.
Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first began recording music in the late 1950s, making one-off records to play on his Downbeat Sound System. These ‘exclusive dup-plates’ enabled him to reign supreme in the regular dancehall soundclashes of Kingston, fighting off the competition from rivals including Duke Reid the Trojan and Prince Buster. This new album traces the roots of the legendary label as it created the sound of the young independent Jamaican nation going into the early 1960s.
Sir Coxsone used only the finest musicians in Jamaica for these recordings, including players that would later become known worldwide as the Skatalites: Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, Cluett Johnson and others. As fans clamoured to get a copy of these ‘one-off’ exclusive records, Clement Dodd eventually decided to start making them available commercially starting in 1959, and so began the birth of an empire.