David Hillyard And The Rocksteady 7 United Front on Limited Edition LP + Download
First Ever Vinyl Pressing of this 2002 Album
Tenor and soprano saxophonist, David Hillyard is one of the innovators of the American ska scene. His group, the Rocksteady 7, mixes instrumental Jamaican "roots" rhythms ala the Skatalites, Burning Spear, and extended jazz improvisation ala David Murray, Charlie Haden, and Pharaoh Saunders.
Through his diverse experience, Dave has developed an unique style. A mix of the warm island tonalities of Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook, the strident cries of John Coltrane, the smears of Sidney Bechet, the other-worldliness of Pharaoh Saunders, the honking blues of King Curtis, and the swing of Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins. Hillyards' band, Rocksteady 7, is a shifting collective of musicians featuring some of the best players in New York City. They have experience playing with everyone from Sting to the Skatalites. Senior among them is veteran percussionist, Larry McDonald.
The Rocksteady 7's debut release Playtime (1999) was released by Hellcat/Epitaph and widely praised for its innovative mix of Jamaican "roots" rhythms with Jazz and Latin influences. They then followed that up with the 2003 masterpiece United Front (Do Tell/Brixton) which mixed free improvisation, reggae, and revolutionary rhetoric. The African Beat magazine hailed the group as "real musical revolutionaries" while Ragga magazine referred to them as "the magnificent 7."
• First ever vinyl pressing of this 2002 album
• Featurung Dave Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat) with Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) & Larry McDonald
• Includes digital download of the entire album
• Limited to 500 copies worldwide