This Jamaican crew, in its original mid-'60s incarnation, lasted only about 18 months.
This Jamaican crew, in its original mid-'60s incarnation, lasted only about 18 months. Since then, the Skatalites have been an on-again/off-again affair. The true breadth of the band's discography is something only archival researchers have been able to sort out. From Paris With Love features five members of the original Skatalites: Lloyd Knibb (drums), Lloyd Brevett (bass), Lester Sterling (sax), Johnny "Dizzy" Moore (trumpet), and Doreen Schaeffer (vocals). There are a few time-honored tunes here—"Guns of Navarone" and "Rock Fort Rock"—as well as newer material ("Lester's Mood" and "Pata Pata"). The record is dominated by instrumentals—always a Skatalites specialty—though vocalist Doreen Schaeffer makes her presence felt on three tracks, including "When I Fall in Love." The Skatalites' mellow, rock-steady vibe remains strong.—PVV