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Thin Line

by Ras Jammie

Tight roots reggae riddims mixed with sweet Motown-like harmonies underlie the lyrical genius of Ras Jammie and highlight the “star quality” of his third release. Reggae like no other.
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1. Hooked
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2. Daddy Won't Mind
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3. Sometimey People
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4. Black Day
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5. Sampson and Delilah
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6. Jah Son
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7. Runaway Slave
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8. Anxiety Attack
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9. Froggy
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Check out the all-original songs on reggae artist Ras Jammie’s third release. "Hooked", "Sometimey People","Black Day", and "Anxiety Attack" are just a sampling of what this singer/songwriter can create.

Related to late jazz great Charlie Rouse, Ras Jammie continues in the avante garde mode with his own style of homegrown American reggae. His music draws heavily from traditional reggae to honor his Jamaican roots, yet is distinctly his own.

New strength is brought to Ras Jammie's band by guitarist John Marcus (aka Markiss), who has played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Miles Davis, Al Green, Muddy Waters, The Wailers, and Judy Mowatt. Returning band members include Los Angles reggae band Boomshaka founder Owen Rose on drums/percussion and Panamanian-born Monte-V (Lamonte Arthur) on keyboards. Local musicians Tony "Falcon" Davies on second guitar and Jamie Cerrito on bass complete the reggae vibe. The well-blended backup harmonies of Ras Jammie, Markiss, and Monte-V provide extra depth to the driving riddims.

With smooth Motown-like harmonies, insightful lyrics, and the powerful baritone voice of Ras Jammie, this music is a unique voice in reggae. Working out of the Rouse Your Spirits Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona owned by Jammie, the RōV Records label is quickly proving that reggae is no longer just an island phenomenon. Check it!

For official Ras Jammie merchandise, visit the RoV Roots Creations website at www.rovrecords.com.

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Underdog

Wicked to bloodclaat
This cd is wicked. It has a crucial sound like I haven't heard long time. Black Day and Sometimey People I keep playing over and over. Deadly, crucial.
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Chuck Foster, The Beat, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2007

Ras Jammie has a deep, resonant voice...a sound all its own
Ras Jammie returns with Thin Line (RoV), an independent release with a sound all its own. Recording at his own Rouse Your Spirits studio in Tucson, AZ, Ras Jammie draws on his Jamaican roots in creating his own brand of homegrown American reggae. Backed by the Man Alive Band, which combines a fat drum sound with soaring keys, skank guitar chops, crisp synth horn lines and rumbling bass, his lyrics cover a wide range of topics from “Sampson and Delilah” and “Runaway Slave” (on which he deftly blends an early American spiritual style with reggae) to “Froggy,” “Anxiety Attack” and “Sometimey People.” There’s even a little lecture on love (“Daddy Won’t Mind”) thrown in for good measure. Ras Jammie has a deep, resonant voice that seems to gain confidence with each new release, a sure sign of an artist who’s headed in the right direction.
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Tom Orr

... Uncompromising reggae...makes Peter Tosh sound like Desmond Dekker
Ras Jammie has got one low, deep voice. The Tucson, Arizona-based dread comes on like Prince Far I without so much gravel, and the authority he conveys is one reason Thin Line is a disc that casts a considerable spell. Long, dubby riddims is another; though there are only ten songs, the total playing time is 54 minutes and many tracks stretch out to a point of permeation where you'd swear you've just had a lungful of ganja even if there's none within reach. But back to Jammie's voice. Despite the fact that he commands attention by making Peter Tosh sound like Desmond Dekker, Jammie isn't exactly a golden-voiced singer. Even so, he gets by perfectly well by intoning around the low, low register in a measured, mildly dramatic manner that makes the words stick. He utilizes some calypso-like phrasing on "Daddy Won't Mind," infuses "Anxiety Attack" with an appropriately fearful tone, scats with joyful deejay gruffness through "Froggy" and at times surrounds his lead singing with spectral backing vocals that provide eerie, pleasantly murky contrast. Plus it's nice to hear reggae that's so sonically uncompromising; unlike some popish stuff that softens the bottom end, the bass here is often mercilessly heavy, holding the unhurried tempos as firmly as the vocals. An unassuming work full of quirky, compelling singing and a steadfast reggae foundation, Thin Line is thick with pleasure.
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