Album: Coxsone's Music Two

A compilation from Soul Jazz Records explores the early works of the Jamaican producer Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, before taking the helm of reggae

Soul Jazz Record's second Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd compilation has been released. Coxsone's Music 2: The Sound of Young Jamaica includes early recordings by Dodd after setting up the famed Jamaican record label Studio One in 1954.

Recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the album includes early material by Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond and Tommy McCook – who would later become the Skatalites – along with the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Owen Gray and Delroy Wilson, to name but a few. The compilation spans a wealth of styles — Jamaican rhythms blended in with elements of jazz, blues, gospel and proto-ska. Together with Dodd and his Studio One, many of these musicians would go on to define reggae as its known today.

Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He received his nickname at school because of his talent as cricketer, in reference to Alec Coxon, a famed member of the Yorkshire Country Cricket Club team in the 1940s. Dodd died from a stroke in Kingston in 2004.