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Born in 1932, virtuoso guitarist Ernest Ranglin is one of the godfathers of Jamaican popular music, leading to Rock Steady, Reggae and Ska. Now, after almost sixty years of recording and touring, Ernest Ranglin wanted to say goodbye to the stage and to his fans. And certainly he will be accompanied by some of the finest personalities in contemporary World and Jazz music. 

No less than the personification of Afrobeat, drummer Tony Allen, the so called 'saviour of British jazz' sax-man Courtney Pine,  as well the upcoming trailblazer on bass, Ira Coleman will join Ranglin on the tour. Also on board is the 2015 Womex Award winner and Senegal Sufi singer Cheikh Lo and furthermore the formidable  jazz piano player Alex Wilson, who is best known for his enormous technical abilities. To see and listen to just one of these great musicians and their exceptional talents live on stage, is already a veritable feast for the insider and admirer. To experience all of them together in one line up, means nothing less than a musical « royal jelly » .

Nothing new can be said about the genius of Ernest Ranglin and the breadth of his influence on modern guitar. Born in 1932 the Jamaican guitarist has made inestimable contributions to the development of Ska and Reggae music as well as famously tutoring Bob Marley on his guitar technique. He's also joined in on Reggae-Jazz outings with longtime companion Monty Alexander and world beat collaborations with the likes of Senegalese Baaba Maal. Ranglin's tunes "My Boy Lollipop" or "Surfin" went to become timeless worldhits. So far Ernest Ranglin is one of a handful of surviving Jamaican musicians who can say "been there, done that," and he's never been reticent to share his musical experiences.


Now, after almost sixty years of recording and touring, Ernest Ranglin wanted to say goodbye to the stage and to his fans. And certainly he will be accompanied by some of the finest personalities in contemporary World and Jazz music. No less than the personification of Afrobeat, drummer Tony Allen, the so called 'saviour of British jazz' sax-man Courtney Pine,  as well the upcoming trailblazer on bass, Ira Coleman will join Ranglin on the tour. Also on board is the 2015 Womex Award winner and Senegal Sufi singer Cheikh Lo and furthermore the formidable  jazz piano player Alex Wilson, who is best known for his enormous technical abilities. To see and listen to just one of these great musicians and their exceptional talents live on stage, is already a veritable feast for the insider and admirer. To experience all of them together in one line up, means nothing less than a musical "royal jelly". Keeping the backbeat under his control and breaking out for jazz riffs Ernest Ranglin will once again smoothly underline the wide dynamic and stylistic range, of these excellent artists. On the other hand, the precise sense of rhythm, deep, danceable, soulful grooves and incredible solos on the very highest frets shall celebrate this veteran, innovator and legend. Ernest Ranglin's lifework deserves all these accolades and more.

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  • At 81, Ernest Ranglin is still one of the greatest and subtlest musicians on the planet that you might not have discovered. The man credited with inventing ska – that’s his arrangement in Little Millie Small’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’ from 1964 — is still making vital music. His specialty is inserting his sweet, gently astonishing guitar lines into all styles.
    David Dye, NPR Heavy Rotation/World Cafe
  • He’s a Jamaican guitarist who can play both pensively and pyrotechnically, and even now, in his early 80s, he’s always tasteful and frequently startling. This is user-friendly music, world-beat style with a pronounced Kingston accent, and one can imagine how Ranglin and his Avilans might wail on this material in a club.
    Jazz Times
  • The Grandpa of Reggae
    New York Times
  • 'There aren't many individuals who can lay claim to playing an essential role in revolutionising the music of an entire nation...'
    Guitar Buyer

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Guitar in Ernest
K&K Records / VP Records
Released: 2004

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In Search of Lost Riddim
Palm Pictures
Released: 1998

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Below The Bassline
Island Records
Released: 1996

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Boss Reggae
Stardust Records
Released: 1969

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