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5 BALMORAL AVENUE,KINGSTON 10,JAMAICA WEST INDIES

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Biographical Information

 

 

DWIGHT PINKNEY

Dwight Pinkney guitarist, studio operator, veteran Jamaican musician spanning over three decades from Mento and Ska to Rocksteady, Reggae and Dance Hall. He has made his impressions on the Jamaican Music Industry with two major hits "Bigger Boss" "Nengeh" which he wrote, recorded, produced and preformed.He also wrote one of the most popular children songsin Jamaica "Reggae For Kids". This song is the title song of the second RAS Records albums totally dedicated to the very young lovers of reggae. Another hit song that he wrote"How Could I Live" which was made popular by a Jamaican Legend Dennis Brown.

He has played on Gregory Isacs"Night Nurse"and with the Wailers on their hit"Put it on" with his original band The Sharks. Dwight played on many chart toppers for Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs, Eek-A-Mouse and Yellowman. Other Bands he has played with included Zap Pow and Roots Radics.

CARL "bridge" AYTON

Carl Ayton is a multi-talented member of the Jamaica Music Industry. He is an accomplished Drummer,Arranger, Producer, Songwriter,Vocalist, Studio Operator and Studio Engineer.

Carl's professional experiences span over twenty six years. His professional career began in 1975 when he became a member of the then popular Mighty Titans. Between 1978 and 1983 he was a member of the Caribs Band, performing at the Jonkanoo Lounge. Other groups with whom Carl interacted were: Cederick Brooks, Mutual Jazz Players, Jon Williams Electric Trio, Sonny Bradshaw Jazz mobile, Peter Ashbourne & Ashes.

He founded the Blood Fire Posse in 1983 with Danny Browne, Alden Stewart,Donovan Belnavis and Paul Blake. He was also a part of the Bunny Wailer Backing Band since 1982 and still works with both bands. During 1984 and 1985, Carl was part of Judy Mowatt's Back-up Band.

While playing with Bloodfire Posse and Bunny Wailer, Carl joined the staff of the Jamaica School of Music in 1989 where he taught Music Education for four years. At that time he also joined the Roots Radics Band and has remained with this band to date.

Carl has recorded for Bunny Wailers, Eric Donaldson, Culture, Echo Minott, Pam Hall, Beres Hammond, ET Webster, Sonia Spence, Denroy Morgan, Dean Fraser, Yellow Man, Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, Toots, Bloodfire Posse, Sophia George, Doreen Shaffer, Mutabaruka, Oku Onuru, Carlene Davis, Barbara Jones, Lorna Nelson, Delroy Wilson, Robert Ffrench, Carl Dawkins, Triston Palma, Ancel Collins, Chris Stanley, Tamlins, Ken Bob, Eddie Fitzroy, Myrna Hague, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Andrew Tosh, Freddie McGregor, Desi Roots ,Psalms, Lasana Bandele, Lloyd Lovindeer, Buffalo Soldiers and Phillip Fraser to name a few....

Some Popular songs which Carl is associated with are:

  • Girlie Girlie - Sophia George - British Chart
  • Beautiful Woman - Toots - Australian Chart
  • Lazy Body - Echo Minott - Jamaican Chart
  • Man Shortage - Lovindeer - British Chart

    Some Popular albums with which Carl is associated are:

  • On the Rock - Israel Vibration
  • Free to Move - Israel Vibration
  • Hall of Fame - Bunny Wailer - Grammy Award

    As a Producer, Car l worked with Psalms (formerly Gaylads), Daddy Tar, Captain Blood, ET Webster, Dean Frazer, Bloodfire Posse, Doreen Shaffer, Ken Bob, Robert Ffrench,Earnest Wilson, Pan Head, Tony Rebel, Apache Scratchy, Nardo Ranks, Michael Fabulous, Tippa Lee & Rappa Robert and Desi Roots.

    Carl has the experience of touring with Bloodfire Posse, Big Youth, U. Roy, Judy Mowatt, Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibration, Roots Radics, Andrew Tosh, Yellow Man, I Kong, Cutty Ranks, Flourgan and Gregory Isaacs.

    ROBERT "BOBBY" ELLIS

    Bobby was born on July 2, 1932. At the age of nine (9), he attended the Alpha Boys School where he began learning to play the trumpet. He spent three years, under the tutelage of Mr.Neilson, and was also assisted by Raymond Harper a senior player. For one year after, he continued his tutelage under Mr. Tulloch and for some years with Mr. R. Delgado until he left Alpha in 1948, at age sixteen.

    In 1956, he resumed his playing and continues until today. Bobby played in various orchestras and bands such as the Mighty Vikings, Soul Brother, Lyn Taite and the Jets and The Solomonic Reggaestra, to name a few.

    Bobby did his first recording with the Mighty Vikings at Coxonne Studio One in 1964 and continued to work with Studio One for many years, turning out hits for various artistes.

    Bobby played for Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, The Ethiopians, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown,Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer and many others.

    On instrumental albums, Bobby played for Herbie Mann's Reggae Album, Blazing Horn, Bobby Ellis meets the Revolutionaries, as well as Sweet Meat, Up-Park Camp, Shank I Shek; Stormy Weather & Cyrus.

    EVERTON GAYLE

    Everton Gayle, attended Alpha Boys School where he started to play clarinet at a very early age. Everton joined the Jamaica Military Band in 1973, and later graduated from Newcastle Training School as a soldier. He was selected to attend the Royal Military School of Music in England and was awarded the Professor\rquote s Prize for the most improved pupil. Everton sat the Royal School of Music diploma examination and was successful in grade V and grade VIII, both in theory and practical.

    Everton returned to Jamaica in 1976 and wa s promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. He left the Jamaica Military Band in 1982 and started to play with the Mighty Avengers, Kotch and Bunny Wailer. Everton toured France extensively, also Africa, The United States of America, Japan, South America and the Caribbean. He also worked with some International Stars such as Aretha Franklyn, The Dells, Ben E. King, Lou Rawls, and The Mighty Arrow.

    BARRINGTON XAVIER BAILEY

    Barry's musical career began with singing stage shows as a child.By the time he was fifteen, he was recording some of his own songs.At this point he realized he wanted to play an instrument so that he could have more control over his musical career.

    Barry knew from an early stage that the trombone was his instrument, because that sound moved him emotionally. Naturally, Don Drummond was a strong influence on him musically.

    Although he was learning to play the piano at the time, he was offered the opportunity to learn to play the trombone by Mr. Babe O'Brien; musical instructor for the N.V.O., he played with the orchestra for some time.

    The break came in his musical education when Melba Liston, a great trombonist from the U.S.A., came to Jamaica to teach at the Jamaica School of Music. This influenced him to enroll; Barry finally had access to the tuition he had been waiting for and after four years at the music school, Barry was ready to begin playing professionally.

    Barry has played with Groups such as, Sonny Bradshaw, In-Crowd, Seventh Extension, Mighty Diamonds, Bunny Wailer and also worked with American Artists such as; O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Ben E. King and the Dells. He at present does extensive studio work.

    KEITH FRANCIS

    Keith started at the Bohemia with the Titans in the early 70's, then he went to Canada to play with a new band called Names and Faces. When he returned home in the late 70's, he started out with the Sonny Bradshaw Seven where he stayed for six months. Then he joined Handel Tucker at the Jamaica Hilton in Ochi Rios.

    He became one of the original member of Chalice in 1980, in the meantime he also toured with Rita Marley and Cutty Ranks. Now he is producing on the 7x17 Marshalls label.

  • JAMES "JIMMY" PEART

    James Jimmy Peart keyboard player, composer and arranger, began his musical career while playing in the hotel circuit on the North Coast. He later joined forces with the School Band as their keyboard player and was part of Reggae Sunsplash 1992 and 1993. Jimmy has toured with reggae giants such as Barrington Levy, Judy Mowatt, Tony,Rebel, Freddie McGregor , Mutabaruka and Mykal Roze. He has played on all the major shows in Jamaica including Reggae Sunsplash and Reggae Sumfest.

    Jimmy's artistic talent has been utilized by Carlene Davis, Junior Tucker and Barrington Levy where he has served as Musical Director. He has worked on Carlene Davis'Songs of Bob Marley and Georgia Henry's Rough Lover albums and has worked on singles for Chris Bently titled "Johnny Too Bad" and Cindy Breakspear's "Turn Your Lights down Low".

    When Jimmy is not touring he can be found at the People's Choice Studio in Spanish Town where he serves as one of the In-House Producers.

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    Current Projects

    • New Album : The group is presently in the process of recording its second album
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    Web page created and maintained by Carl "bridge" Ayton
    Last revised: July 03, 1999.