Vin Gordon aka Don D Junior – a nickname in honour of legendary Jamaican trombonist Don Drummond – is one of Jamaica’s many musical giants. Just as Don Drummond he’s a bone fide champion on his trombone and started recording at Studio One in the mid-60s. He has played on countless of classics and worked alongside great artists and bands such as The Wailers, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Delroy Wilson.
Together with his nine piece band Real Rock he has just put out a brand new album titled after his biggest composition as a solo artist. Together with keyboard ace Jackie Mittoo, Vin Gordon was responsible for both Heavenless and Real Rock, two massive reggae anthems that have been versioned again and again and again.
In addition to two versions of Heavenless and a rendition of Tommy McCook’s rootsy Revenge the album collects four brand new compositions. It’s a beautiful seven track set that is largely instrumental. The set is produced and mixed by the great Nick Manasseh and it’s a warm and organic journey led by gracious horns and supplemented by smattering percussion and roaring bass lines.
The market isn’t flooded by instrumental horn sets these days. It’s a pity as clearly showcased on this masterful album.