Jackie Mittoo

The Keyboard King

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Radiation Roots

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Jackie Mittoo’s contribution to reggae music is immeasurable. Of mixed Indian and African-Jamaican heritage, the man born Donat Roy Mittoo was a gifted musician that played piano in the Skatalites at the age of 16. He was a very important part of reggae’s evolution, having been a crucial member of the Studio One house band from its very foundation. Working as the main keyboardist and musical arranger for an extended period, Mittoo worked closely with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and countless other important figures, even relegating Leroy Sibbles to the bass! Although Mittoo migrated to Canada in the late 1960s, he frequently returned to Jamaica to record, maintaining his Studio One connection, and also issuing a sublime series of albums for Bunny Lee in the mid-1970s. "The Keyboard King" was first issued on Third World in 1976, and features Mr. Mittoo’s delightful organ workouts, completely reconfiguring hits by John Holt, Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, and Bunny & Skully, among others.


Matt says: dub-KEYS! Like Pablo and his trusted melodica, Mittoo became famous for flirting with the ivories. Or more accurately, the organ. Laying down this mystic and headturning dub classic in 1976.


1 The Thriller
2 You'll Never Find
3 A Rocking Sensation
4 World Of Love
5 Creative Rock
6 The Avenger
7 The Penetrator
8 Mediator
9 A Standing Ovation
10 Jah Rock Style

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