Legendary Jamaican Instrumentalists,
Dean Fraser & Ernie Ranglin Orchestrate
‘Two Colors’ Album
The single and the album are available for sale on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, and all digital platforms worldwide.
Kingston, Jamaica ~
Two giants of Jamaican music, Ernie Ranglin and Dean Fraser‘s paths have crossed many times over the years; on stage and in the recording studio. Although they have previously collaborated,
it was not on the magnitude of ‘Two Colors’.
Ernie Ranglin’s patented guitar licks duly complement Fraser’s distinctive saxophone tones on 12 tracks, several of which are dedicated to Ranglin. Fraser oversaw production of the project and recorded his parts at Tad’s International Recording Studio
in Kingston while Ranglin lay his tracks in Ocho Rios, rural Jamaica, near to his home.
Although they did not share studio space, Fraser enjoyed the sessions. “Mr. Ranglin is a man of my own vibe. Always laughing, giving jokes, yet playing as great as he can. He just wants to play good music,” he said.
‘Two Colors’ is the idea of Tad Dawkins Senior, principal of
Tad’s International Record, distributor of the album. Production started in early 2021 and it took one year to complete this exceptional instrumental work of art.
A project showcasing two stellar musicians requires a strong supporting cast. That’s exactly what Fraser assembled with the likes of: Mikey Fletcher and Dale Haslam on bass; keyboardists Andre Marsh and Bowie McLaughlin; guitarist Lamont “Monty” Savory, and drummer Desi Jones.
Ernie Ranglin is the Godfather of Jamaican music. He has played on numerous hit songs including “My Boy Lollipop” by Millie Small,The Wailers‘ “It Hurts to be Alone” and
“Stranger in Love” by John Holt.
He has toured with Jimmy Cliff as musical director and recorded a number of well-received albums. Ranglin was awarded the Order of Jamaica, Jamaica’s fifth-highest honour.
Fraser is from the fabled community of Trench Town where The Wailers (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston) honed their legendary harmonies and songwriting.
For the past 45 years, he has played on some of the great Reggae songs including “Baltimore” by The Tamlins, “Lift up Your Head” by Everton Blender and “It’s me Again Jah” by Luciano.
Fraser, who has recorded and toured with Dennis Brown, Luciano and Tarrus Riley, is a recipient of the Order of Distinction, Jamaica’s sixth-highest honour.
Two Colors is produced by Dean Fraser and
Tad ‘Junior Tads’ Dawkins.
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