Wednesday, 5/18/11

by musicclipoftheday

 passings
(an occasional series)

Lloyd Knibb, drummer (Skatalites, et al.)
March 8, 1931-May 12, 2011

Lloyd Knibb’s importance to Jamaican music can’t be overstated. The inventor of the ska beat at Coxson Dodd’s Studio One, Knibb created a sound that spread like wildfire the world over.

—Carter Van Pelt, host, Eastern Standard Time, WKCR-FM

Skatalites, “Freedom Sound,” live, Belgium (Lokerse Festival), 1997

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Skatalites, “Latin Go Ska,” live, Los Angeles, 2007

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Skatalites, live, Los Angeles, 2007

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Skatalites, “(Straighten Up And) Fly Right”

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lagniappe

reading table

Spring

It would be
good to shrug
out of winter
as cicadas do:
look: a crisp
freestanding you
and you walking
off, soft as
new.

—Kay Ryan