This CD grew out of the love King Melody and I share for Jamaican music
and also classic 1950s Jazz (Miles Davis meets the Skatalites if you
like!). It grew organically. King Melody laid down the keyboard, drum
bass. He also conceived and arranged the songs. I then added trumpet
and some talented sax players and guitarists guested on certain tracks.
There was a village atmosphere about the recording. Every Tuesday
without fail, I’d strap my horn on the back of my bike and cycle the
half mile up to King Melody’s studio. He’d start by playing me
the new riddim track he’d been working on or a Ska classic or old
Jamaican folk tune. Sometimes KM would help with the melody parts,
singing to me patiently, bar by bar. When it came to the “blowing”
parts he’d leave me to get on with it, while he made some tea. Some of
the trumpet harmonies took time to perfect. There is a wonderful
feeling of space and freedom to the music. As a soloist I never felt so
liberated in my life.
Terry Parkinson (2003)