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TRISTON PALMA

JOKER SMOKER

Greensleeves



CD

Released: 24th Feb 2009

£9.99


lp

Released: 21st May 2012

£9.99


1981's 'joker Smoker' is a classic record of captivating ambience & musical intricacies.

Bingy Bunny's chopping rhythm guitar work, Sowell Bailey & Dwight Pinckney's plaintive, chorus laden, lead guitar phrasing & the primordial, relentless drum & bass foundations laid down by Errol Holt & Style Scott are typical of a time when modern production techniques, live instrumentation, dancehall rhythms & rootical lyrics came together as one. But it is the small touches that really impress : Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson & Deadly Headley Bennett's mocking horns (parodying Palma's dried honey vocals) on the title track, Gladstone Anderson's precisely considered, minimal piano & percussionist Sky Juice's use of a Cuica friction drum on 'Give Me Your Love'. 'Joker Smoker' may be the album's centre, but every one’s a winner here.

JOKER SMOKER