In 2013, the then 19 year old Swiss key player Mathias Liengme went to Jamaica to realize a dream, which beforehand might have seemed odd to his friends and family. He had decided to travel to Kingston to bring together a star-studded line-up in the same studio.
And when in Jamaica he brought together drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, bass virtuoso Lloyd Parks, master guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith and acclaimed singer Anthony “Sangie” Davis from The Gathers in the Harry J studio. He recorded them and they sang original compositions, compositions collected on the excellent self-titled debut album The Inspirators.
Maybe it’s not correct to describe it as a debut album since all four veterans have been in the music business since the 70s and played on more songs than probably anyone outside the reggae industry.
On the eight tracks the four front men are joined by an all-star cast, including Vin Gordon and Nambo Robinson on trombone, Dean Fraser on saxophone and Dalton Browne on backing vocals.
It’s a truly uplifting set full of vintage vibes and excellent musicianship. Standout cuts include the melancholic No Bother Chuck It Pon Me, Poor People, with its remarkably low lead vocals accompanied by high harmonizing, and the cheerful Can’t Take It, a track describing minor and major hardships of life, including having no fan in the summer, when the heater is off in the winter and having holes in the roof and squeaking floors.
This is Mathias Liengme’s second production and the follow-up to I Kong’s A Little Walk which was released earlier this year. He’s obviously a music force to be reckoned with and it’s a major achievement to have put these session musicians in the spotlight and having them showcase their vocal talents.