Tommy McCook founding member of the legendary group The Skatalites and the
master session musician has left his mark over all the different styles of Jamaican
music. The big band sound that lead to the beginning of Ska, to the forefront of
Rocksteady and throughout the various stages that Reggae music would mutate
itself into. All carrying Tommy McCook's distinctive stamp that always added a flavour
to the songs style.

Tommy McCook (b.1927,Havanna, Cuba) came to Jamaica with his mother from Cuba
aged 11 and entered the renowned Alpha Boys School for underprivleged children, a
school that placed great emphasis on musical tuition. At the tender age of 14, such was
his talent he had left to join Eric Deans Orchestra and took on stints with other bands
led by Don Hitchman and Roy Coburn. All the bands played in the Swing and Jazz style
of the times. He relocated to the Bahamas in 1954 where he further developed his
Jazz technique and on his return to Jamaica in 1962 began working with Coxone Dodd's
Studio One and became involved in the development of Ska. His knowledge of Jazz,
R & B and Jamaican musical forms helped set the tone for the group of musicians he
was working with and would name as The Skatalites. The group consisting of
Don Drummond (Trombone), Roland Alphonso (Tenor Saxophone), Jackie Mittoo
(Piano), Lloyd Brevett (Bass) Lloyd Knibbs (Drums) alongside Tommy himself on
Tenor Saxophone.The group would back all the major Ska vocalists of the day and
also would go on to cut a catalogue of instrumental music. The Skatalites split up in
1965 and Tommy McCook moved over to work with Duke Reid's Treasure Isle Studios
where he formed The Supersonics. A set of musicians under his guidance that consisted
of Lynn Tait and Ernest Ranglin (Guitar), Neville Hinds and Winston Wright (organ),
Gladstone 'Gladdy' Anderson ( piano), Hugh Malcolm and Arkland 'Drumbago' Parks
(Drums), Clifton 'Jackie' Jackson (Bass) and Tommy and Hermon Marquis (Saxophone).

The more laid back sounds from 1966 - 1968 would be given the name Rocksteady of
which again McCook was at the forefront.

The 1970's sound that reggae mutated to would be heavier in feel lead by Bass and
Drums with the organ pushed to the forefront.But many of the up and coming Producers
like Bunny Lee (The Aggrovators Band), Joe Gibbs (The Professionals Band) and
Studio's like the Hookim brothers Channel 1 set up had the foresight to keep using
the musicianship of Tommy McCook and his arrangement skills to enhance this new sound.

Its from this rich period that we have compiled a selection of some of Mr McCook's greatest
cuts that featured him blowing over some great tracks, that stripped of their vocals sees
Tommy replace that with some fantastic lead lines. We hope you agree that Tommy's Dubbing
with Horns makes a marvellous almost Jazz styled album rich in texture, but in fine Jamaican

Hope you enjoy the set...

CD Track Listing

1 Tommy's Hop
2 Take This Fruit
3 Jumper's Dub
4 Dub Creation
5 Merry Up
6 Aggrovating Horns
7 Dub Train
8 Classical Rockers
9 Waltzing Rockers
10 Chant Down Babylon With Horns
11 Blowing Up A Storm Dub
12 Dub Fever
13 Dub For Ethiopia
14 Wailing Dub
15 Winning Dub*
16 Far East Dub*
17 Ladies Man Dub*
18 High Noon Dub*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Tommy's Hop
Source: Wanty Wanty Rhythm
2 Take This Fruit
Source: 12 Tribes of Isreal Rhythm
3 Jumper's Dub
Source: Don't Take Another Mans Life/Johnny Clarke
4 Dub Creation
Source: Creation Rebel Rhythm
5 Merry Up
Source: Jumpers Rhythm/Sly Robbie
6 Aggrovating Horns
Source: Channel 1 Rhythm/Aggrovators
7 Dub Train
Source: Gorgon Rhythm

Side 2
1 Classical Rockers
Source: Original Harry J Rhythm
2 Waltzing Rockers
Source: Hold On/Johnny Clarke
3 Chant Down Babylon With Horns
Source: Move Out Of Babylon/Johnny Clarke
4 Blowing Up A Storm Dub
Source: Why Did You Leave Me To Cry/Cornell Campbell
5 Dub Fever
Source: Springfever Rhythm
6 Dub For Ethiopia
Source: Rivers Of Babylon Rhythm
7 Wailing Dub
Source: No Woman No Cry Rhythm

The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate and Sly and Robbie

Musicians Include:
Carlton 'Santa' Davis,Carlton Barrett, Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare,George 'Fully' Fullwood,
Aston 'Family Man' Barrett: Bass
Earl 'Chinna' Smith: Lead Guitar

Recorded at: Channel 1,Harry J's, Wirl and Randy's Studio 17
Produced By: Bunny Lee
Design By: Gary @ Voodoo London
All Tracks Published By: Westbury Music
Manufactured Under Licence From: E.Lee
Made in the U.K.