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From Ponce (Puerto Rico) to Arkansas heart, from Little Rock to Port Antonio and Kingston (Jamaica).
Gospel? Early Reggae? 60’s? Rocksteady?
During the day, appreciated organist in different churches. In the night, black music jam sessions at Little Rock and Memphis clubs.
1973: the iconic JesusChrist Superstar film premieres, milestone and inspiration for Jesse-Lee. Meses, after that he travelled to Port Antonio (Jamaica). While visiting Kingston, Jesse-Lee met Bunny Lee, Clancy Eccles, Harry J and Joe Gibbs and was invited to record some jams at their studios. On the way back home comes tragedy: his plane crashes near the Florida coast. All crew and passengers died instantly. His recordings were lost, forgotten... until today
Jesse-Lee Jackson’s well-deserved return comes from the hand of El Paso Records, fantastically accompanied by the great Orquesta Zion. However, there are those who say that this whole story is just another of Albert ‘Lapelldeldiable’ Beneït's many delusions, The Upshitters producer and his obsession for Skinhead Reggae and dirty Rocksteady. In any case, all this has culminated in the appearance of several studio recordings with Jesse-Lee Jackson’s rescued Hammond and Farfisa organ lines.
And.. who is Orquesta Zion? Easy, the musicians who have helped revive the forgotten organ of the great Jesse-Lee Jackson: Marta Trujillo (vocals), Ramón Vagué (bass), Albert Beneït (drums and percussion), Marc Serrats (guitar), Cantoná Gospel Choir (chorus), Lee Perro (producer 2021) and Esteban Descalzo (master engineer 2021).
Don’t miss their first 7” on El Paso Records: two songs on the way between Rocksteady and Early Reggae fancy wrapped.