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We Are Reggae. Yes, it’s true. And we are not discovering America when we say The Oldians are neither Jamaican, nor rastafarian. Despite all the Catalan band will release on February 2018 their sixth studio album, entitled ‘We are reggae’, via Liquidator Music.
After the XL collection of songs comprised in their las double LP ‘Out of The Blue’ (Liquidator Music - 2016), The Oldians are back on duty in their mission with 12 new songs, including 11 original cuts and only 1 cover song: a magnificent reggae adaptation of Jimmy Van Heusen’s ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’.
‘We are reggae’ is a new and perfect invitation to discover the amazing way this band play almost all the foundation rhythms of the Jamaican tradition (ska, rocksteady and reggae) under a smooth and jazzy mood: both solid and versatile rhythm section, great solos for all performers in the line-up and, of course, Sir J ‘The Oldian’ everything-guitar-driven and the heartbreaking vocals by Saphie Wells.
Number of songs and styles included in ‘We Are Reggae’ could be mentioned but we would rather emphasize all the musical highlights passages you will find in this album from the very first song to the last one. The album also features the mythical Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald (Carlos Malcolm, Toots & the Maytals, Count Ossie, Gil Scott Heron, Taj Mahal...) spicing all the songs of ‘We Are Reggae’, and also Dutch saxophone player Tommy Tornado (Rude Rich & the Highnotes, The Soulsnatchers) with a huge solo on the very first track ‘Short Walk’ and Dani Lampérez (KinkyLab Allstars, The Kinky Coocoo’s, The Crabtones) adding magical hammond bubbles on six tracks.
‘We are reggae’ has been recorded as the band usually do: rhythm section recorded live at Stroika Lab (Manresa, Barcelona) and both overdubs and mixes are on charge of Javier ‘The Oldian’ Garcia at Sir J’s Home in Ripollet (Barcelona). Alex Psaroudakis has mastererd the whole lot in NYC on September 2017 and it’s Catalan acclaimed graphic designer Txarly Brown signs again the fantastic art of this fantastic album.
‘We are reggae’ is the newest gift of The Oldians to all those who have tracked the band the previous 5 albums and the sixth and yet another chance to celebrate with the band the crossroads of Jamaican stylees and jazz music that The Oldians keep on fixing with capital letters.
Xavier Angulo – drums
Álvaro Taborda – double and e-bass
Eduard Fernàndez – piano
Javier ‘Sir J The Oldian’ García – guitars
Pol Omedes – trumpet and flugelhorn
Ricard Vinyets –tenor sax
Saphie Wells – vox