Kofi James and the New Roots Band & Breezy Rodio | Tribute to the Cool Ruler

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Tribute to the Cool Ruler

by Kofi James and the New Roots Band & Breezy Rodio

"A rising star of the Blues and a Reggae singer with a golden voice..What a combo!! This release is candy to your ears and rhythm to your soul! Gregory Isaacs is smiling at Kofi and Breezy from Jah's Heaven.
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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1. Top Ten (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:48 album only
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2. Confirm Reservation (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:31 album only
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3. Tune In (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
4:20 album only
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4. Love Is Overdue (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
4:06 album only
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5. Riot (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:39 album only
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6. Cool Down the Pace (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:47 album only
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7. If I Don't Have You (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
4:43 album only
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8. No Speech No Language (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
4:05 album only
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9. The Border (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
4:19 album only
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10. Once Ago (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
4:05 album only
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11. Sad to Know (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:29 album only
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12. All I Have Is Love (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:51 album only
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13. Number One (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:39 album only
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14. Dream Come True (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:06 album only
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15. My Only Lover (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
3:36 album only
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16. Tribute to the Cool Ruler (feat. Breezy Rodio)
Kofi James
14:23 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
La, la, la, la … went to a dance last Saturday night. These words in the Gregory Isaacs' song “Cool down the Pace" performed by Karl Kofi James, were the catalyst for "Tribute to The Cool Ruler" this album of music honoring the late Jamaican reggae crooner. I was told this by the album’s producer, Breezy Rodio, a Chicago-based blues guitarist and an aficionado of smooth, soulful vocals in reggae performed by the likes of Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Beres Hammond.
Gregory Anthony Isaacs (15 July 1951 – 25 October 2010) was one of reggae music’s most popular singers who scored dozens of hits in the 1970s and ‘80s. Nattily attired in fedora hats and sports jackets and crooning smooth, romantic ballads in a seductive style, Isaacs popularized the subgenre known as lover's rock, thus earning the title “the Cool Ruler."
Breezy’s journey with reggae began in 2007, at the former Underground Wonder Bar in Chicago, where he would go after his own Kingston Mines blues set to hear potent reggae music from The Hurricane Reggae Band. It was there that Breezy first met Cleve Jean Jacques, known as "Hurricane" from his band’s name.  Those frequent visits led to Breezy being invited on stage to jam, and it was during one of those sets that Hurricane mentioned a singer named Kofi, a former fellow member of the band Roots, Stems & Branches back in their home country of Dominica.
Fast forward ten years: Breezy had been playing at venues in and around Chicago with the city’s top reggae musicians when he made a stop at the legendary reggae nightclub, The Wild Hare, to experience a moment that would change everything.
“La, la, la, la, la...went to a dance last Saturday night.” When Breezy heard Kofi’s rendition of Isaacs' “Cool down the Pace,” complete with the trademark moan of the Cool Ruler himself, he took notice with jaw-dropping awe.  This tall, skinny Rasta man channeling Isaacs’ sound and stage persona was the singer he had been hearing about.  That very night, Breezy told Kofi that he wanted to record with him. Less than two years after that meeting, Breezy took on the ambitious project of assembling some of the top reggae musicians in Chicago to record 16 of Isaacs’ most recognized hits with Kofi, including "Top Ten," "The Border," and the 1973 gem "My Only Lover, " a song that put Isaacs on the map with what is credited as the first lovers’ rock record.  Listeners of this recording will find the infusion of Chicago’s reggae flavor into the blend of originality and classic melodies, are the root of Gregory Isaacs’ beautiful music.
--- David Alert

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