Ernest Ranglin - the greatest Studio One session guitar man. He plays on the majority of the ska and reggae singles - My Boy Lollipop, The Rivers of Babylon etc.etc. He is also a great jazz player, having recorded with Sonny Stitt, among others.
Below The Bassline is his recent "comeback" recording - a mellow and very very groovy jazz/reggae fusion. When I heard it, I thought it sounded like Monty Meets Sly and Robbie, except with guitar upfront instead of the piano. Sure enough, it turns out Monty Alexander is backing him on this disk; in fact, they are old mates, having played together in Jamaican studios in the 60s and 70s, on the Skatalites', Jimmy Cliff's and Prince Buster's records.
In general, I am suspicious of the "comebacks", but this one is a big exception. If anything, I like it better than his '70s Boss Reggae (which is more reggae, less jazz). Here are both albums, you are welcome to make your own comparison.
Ernest Ranglin - Below The Bassline 1996
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1. Congo Man Chant
3. King Tubby Meets The Rockers
4. Satta Massagana
5. 54-46 (Was My Number)
6. Ball Of Fire
7. Black Disciples
8. Bourbon Street Skank
9. None Shall Escape The Judgement
10. Nana's Chalk Pipe
11. Below The Bassline
Personnel: Ernest Ranglin (Guitar); Monty Alexander (piano, melodica); Ira Coleman (Acoustic Bass); Idris Muhammad (Drums); Gary Mayone (Keyboards, Percussion); Rolland Alphonso (Tenor & Soprano Sax)
Ernest Ranglin - Boss Reggae 1970?
1. Grandfather's clock
2. Soulful i
4. Dr. no-go
5. Everybody's talking
7. Sweet sensation
9. There's a fire
10. My elusive dreams
You can also find another Ranglin-Monty collaboration, "Rocksteady", over here.
Three archives on depositfiles:
Boss Reggae + Ultimate Ranglin Roots
Below the Bassline + In Search of a Lost Riddim
A Mod A Mod Ranglin + Memories Of Barber Mack + Sounds And Power