Dave Hillyard and Rocksteady 7 Rock New Tunes

dhrs7Dave Hillyard has reconvened his Rocksteady 7 collective for another go on wicked new recordings. I am a big fan of these musical outings, time away from The Slackers as a whole, but still grounded in the sounds of Jamaica and using musicians culled from the cream of New York City’s reggae and jazz upper echelon. They are usually more explosive and show a completely other side of this legendary saxman then we are used to, not just from him but from the usual ska and reggae sounds we might be used to.

The previous 2 releases 1999’s “Playtime” and 2003 “United Front” are wonderful collections and I can’t wait to hear these new recordings.

Here’s some info from Dave himself posted on his myspace blog:
“Hi everyone,
on sept 20/21, Im gonna make some new Rocksteady 7 recordings.
We’re gonna try to do it as live as possible at seaside studios on 18th street in brooklyn.
we’re gonna record the following tunes:
sunny – 60s tune
greedy – original swinghi
change of plans – original strange
get back up – original reggae
esta tarde – armando manzanero
rna – original binghi
death ride – the hippy boys
morning ya ya – fela kuti
soul thing – original ska and soul
7 years of plenty – lino trujillo
ca pulange – brazillian song
swing no 7 – old new orleans standard”


I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.