Vin Gordon Unleashes Original Wailers Horn Section

Vin GordonVin Gordon, aka Don Drummond Jr., is one of the most important and gifted Jamaican trombonists in the grand history of the island that birthed the ska and reggae.

Trained at the famous Alpha Boys School in Kingston, he was soon recognized as a very gifted and soulful trombonist beginning his career with Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One house band The Soul Brothers (after the break up of the Skatalites) in 1965 when Roland Alphonso brought the then 16 year old horn player to the studio. He then became the main trombonist at Studio One recording throughout the Rocksteady and early Reggae years while also recording as a freelancer for all of the major producers of the time.

By the early 70’s he had been recruited into Bob Marley & The Wailers and performed with them on albums such as Natty Dread and Rastaman Vibration and helping spread the word of reggae around the world.

His discography is impressive to say the least including recordings for Burning Spear, Culture, Max Romeo, Justin Hinds, Lee Perry, Mickey Dread, The Mighty Diamonds, Dillinger, Michael Rose, Alpha Blondy and just about anyone else you can name that’s made some impact on reggae.

His newest collection of material “In De Gordon Garden” is labeled as volume 1 of what we hope will be a continued collection of new and older material from Vin “Don D. Jr.” Gordon. The release features the original Bob Marley & The Wailers international horn section of Glen Da Costa on saxophone and David Madden on trumpet, both prolific performers as well.

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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.