Brigadier Jerry

Brigadier Jerry - Showers Of Blessings -

Briggy as got nothing to prove. If he now released 100 albums all at once - it would still not match his output on sound system - to be found on sound system tapes from the late seventies to the present. These tapes from that time to this time, are magnificent!! However as good as they are - most people follow the works of an artist by album they are the easist thing to get hold of. So from time to time it make sense for any artist to release something in that format. And here it is. A seven track set produced by Noel Alphonso. Its a great work, great rhythms, great lyrics! The rhythms tend to be roots with a digital feel. Its nice. They are the type that DJ's work best. Briggy - well the man can work lyrics - he makes it seem so easy!

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Brigadier Jerry - Jamaica Jamaica - RAS - 1985
Without doubt the most important DJ release of the decade. Which has taken a good three years to finally reach plastic. Then again the actual work of a DJ seems always to have been more important to Briggy, than making lots of records. With this set of 8 tracks, Briggy simply shows why he's been one of Jamaica's top DJ's since the early eighties. The musicians include Judah Eskender Tafari on bass and Albert Malawi on drums who both play it nice and easy. Check 'Kushunpeng' as the best track.

Brigadier Jerry - On The Road - RAS - 1990
Five years later comes Briggy's second album. This one features a mix of the Roots Radics plus a couple of tracks from Steelie & Clevie with one track coming from Noel Alphonso & John Allen. While production comes from Dr.Dread, John Hamilton & Briggy. The lyrics and the deejaying as always with the man are impeccable. The Radics on the bulk of the rhythms is more doubtful. A great band, yes, but you don't think of bands in connection with DJ's. 'Dreadlocks Man' built by Steelie & Clevie is the way to go.

Brigadier Jerry - Hail Him - Tappa - 1993
It’s easier to get Briggy into the studio, than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. That alone would make this an album an event, that it is a superb set - produced by Tappa Zukie, that brings him right up to date is a double cause for celebration. Briggy’s work on Jah Love, the sound system of the Twelve Tribes Of Isreal, and all the other top sounds that Briggy works, is traditionally where the man can be heard at his very best. These sound system should be sought out by any true lover of reggae music. Until then settle for this album, a fine example of all the best aspects of the singjaying style of deejaying.


Brigadier Jerry - Freedom Street - VP - 1995
This set works on many different levels. For starters it is a true historical document. An unreleased whole album by any artist is a major event. The fact that it dates from 1979, a major event year in the history of the music. With the arrival of the dancehall style. It is also to my knowledge only the third LP that is Twelve Tribes produced, and last but not least it’s by Briggy. One of the greatest and most influential DJ’s in the entire history of reggae music. On this truly essential lp, you will find the riding cuts of ‘Drifter’, plus many other great rhythms, all reworked by what became known as the Studio One Band.