Jgv 2010-03-19 02:04:41
”Created and/or discovered by Island Records’ Lister Hewan-Lowe, Jah Malla
demonstrate on their second album (1979’s promising Alive and Well is
distributed by Rounder) that they’re the best reggae band in America.
Combining an aggressive “rockers” pep with a polished funk intellect and
gentle cascades of vocal harmonies, Jah Malla excel in such tracks as the
wry “She’s Reggae for It Now” (“She’s a Gucci beauty,” they sing, but “she’s
reggae for it now”) and a previously unreleased Bob Dylan song, “Ain’t No
Man Righteous, No Not One.”
Rasta reverence meets born-again fire and brimstone in the latter tune, and
the two click neatly. But then, the rapid growth of this savvy group seems
almost preordained, since keyboardist Michael Ranglin and drummer Noel
Alphonso are the sons of legendary Skatalites Ernest Ranglin (the king of
ska guitar) and sax man Roland Alphonso (who appears on Jah Malla). Thank
Selassie somebody’s hip to reggae’s bloodlines. (RS 340)”
Source: no less than Rolling Stone magazine:
article is a praise of Jah Malla’s album, together with… “Bunny Wailer
Sings The Wailers” and “Toots Live!” Wow, what a time it was!
And yes, I have this album and it still sounds as fresh and innovative as it
did in that time.
To all the young guys of today that didn’t know the older times: buy this
album if you can find it. And to Heartbeat, Blood and Fire, Pressure Sounds
and all others re-releasers: that was a great album, guys! Why not a
Redlocks 2010-03-19 02:04:46
Yeah…Jah Malla…somewhere in my archives (I mean my basement) I have a lp
with a photo of the band on the cover with a light blue background.
One of my favorite tunes went something like “whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,
whooooa Jah Man.”
I haven’t listened to that album in 15 -18 years.
Definitely worth a listen. I remember buying it about the same time that I
purchased Dennis Brown’s Foul Play album which was released on A&M.
Rlam 2010-03-19 02:05:11
from up state ny? rochester area? my LP is buried somewhere, 🙂 i think is
it cleon? douglas?
is still up there somewhere?
one, peace, roots-ee
123 2010-03-19 02:05:14
they had a good set for the Clappers label, and i have a 12″ with
Pancho Alphonso called “Rockers Plea”… never really got hot on the
rest of their (later) output
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Gypsydread 2010-03-19 02:06:19
The 1981 Modern Records release, titled simply Jah Malla, features such guests
as Jackie Mittoo, David Sanborn and Bryan Monteiro. The band member not
mentioned previously was Boogsie Morris on bass.
Cleon Douglas (lead vocals and guitar) moved to northern Vermont not long after
this release. That was ill-advised.
Sdl 2010-03-20 10:17:17
I’m not sure Cleon would agree with you. Do you know him?
Gypsydread 2010-03-21 17:39:54
I lived in Burlington at the time.
Ja4shar 2010-03-26 02:33:04
Jah Malla did alot for reggae in the northeast in the late 70’s and toured
pretty tirelessly, when it wasn’t easy to be a dreadlock band and travel from
this town to that town. They were based in Jamaica, Queens & Brooklyn in those
times. Those areas tended to be sort of violent in those days & Cleone moved
out of the area, I think, for his daughter (1st born 1979) to have a better
chance. To me it makes perfect sense for a Rastaman to want to get away from
the NYC area and move to a more quiet and clean area. It should be noted that
two of the member’s fathers were in the original Skatalites. I lost track of
Noel Alphonso many years ago, but his name appeared on the Mr. Moodie produced
tribute to Dennis Brown, one of Dennis’s last albumns. Jah Malla was one of
the first Jamaican groups coming out of the Jamaican communities surrounding
the New York City area, some others including Monyaka, Sons of Creations,
Itopia, Black Eagles (early on in the 1970’s). Black Eagles leader was Denroy
Morgan (father of Morgan Heritage). Big up Jah Malla ! They were a good group
for sure –