Artist: Ernest Ranglin
Jamaican-born Ernest Ranglin’s career began in the late 40s and continues to this day. Now in his early 80s, he can reflect on several decades of collaboration and innovation in the reggae, pop jazz and and world music spheres. His early foundation as a session player, band leader and musical director in Jamaica through the 40s, 50s and 60s saw him instrumental in developing ska and reggae styles as well as influencing Jamaican and Caribbean musicians who would come after him. He’s a true pioneer who has worked with an impressive roster of famed musicians in their own right. This delicate yet agile instrumental is from his 1998 album In search of the lost riddim and showcases both Ranglin’s chops and his ability to fluidly weave jazz and African sensibilities together into one tight, cohesive whole. Whoever Anna is (or was), she must occupy a tender spot in Ranglin’s heart. There’s a sense of melancholy lightly suspended in the air but the track is so deft and full of life, your ears might also detect notes of joy and gratitude and joy. It’s a tricky balancing act which Ranglin pulls off with graceful aplomb.