Some folks were just
raving about Ernest Ranglin ( mostly people on TV and radio I must
admit ), but an equal number also found him pretty ordinary and
I have to say I'm in the latter camp. He's the father of Reggae
, so they say , apparently he taught Bob Marley to play guitar .
He occasionally jams with Babba
Maal onstage , which WOULD have been very interesting, but
unfortunately it did not happen at this Womad.
Impeccable credentials one would have
when push comes to shove the reality of his music makes me think
he's one of those people whose influence is high, but his actual
music is not that hot. He comes across as a very laid back
jazz guitarist with Caribbean influences and his music is pleasant
, but not dynamic enough for me -or anyone else I know for that
matter. We all left for pastures new after about 20 minutes of his
set and listening to his music from the radio broadcast a few times
hasn't changed my opinion. Very laid back instrumental stuff, which
all seems to be played at the same tempo .
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