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New Reggae Album Coming

Island Head are finally in the studio recording a new album. Many people have asked, “What took so long?” Well, there are many reasons not the least of which is the individual musicians have been very busy!

I could write a ten-page blog about the projects each of us have done. Just to give you a taste, here are some highlights;

Guitarist Andy Bassford wrote some tracks and played on the new album collaboration by Sting and Shaggy called 44/876. Andy also recorded a solo record which is a tribute to the Jimmy Cliff album soundtrack to “The Harder They Come”. His version is called “The Harder They Strum”.  Reggae radio station The Joint on SiriusXM is currently playing one of the tracks called 007 (Shanty Town). He did all of that while constantly touring with legendary Jamaican jazz pianist, Monty Alexander. www.andybassford.com

Saxophone player Tim Cappello, famous from his 14-year stint with Tina Turner, found out he is more famous from his appearance in the legendary 1987 vampire movie “The Lost Boys”. So, Tim has been appearing at the “Monster Ball” conventions. He is also about to release his own solo record.  www.timcappello.com/

Island Head founder and drummer Billy Messinetti has been writing original music preparing for the studio recordings. He also leads 2 other bands that are booked through his New York City based company, New York Orchestras Entertainment.  www.nyorchestras.com    www.musicbythevibe.com

Trumpet player Don Harris has been touring with former NY Yankees star, major league baseball Hall of Famer, Bernie Williams. Bernie now has a career as a jazz guitarist. Don has also toured with Nile Rogers and Chic. This summer he is playing dates for the “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Guitarist Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung was part of a group of Jamaican studio musicians who played on thousands of reggae records over the last 40 years. The Kingston All Stars are Sly Dunbar, Ansel Collins, Mikey “Mao” Chung, Linford “Hux” Brown, Jackie Jackson, Robbie Lyn, Everton & Everald Gayle. Under the artistic direction of Moss “ Mossman “ Raxlen, a multi-faceted musician, producer, engineer and writer, the KAS will be releasing a new recording and embarking on a world tour.  kingstonallstars.com

Island Head keyboard player David Frank, was contacted by singer Michael McDonald. Michael said, “I was just listening to Steve Winwood’s “Back In The High Life” album. I love the horn arrangements you did for Steve. So, I would you be interested in doing the horn arrangements for my new album?” Oh course, David said yes and the album is called “Wide Open”.  Here’s a quote from David; “What can you say about Mike. One of the finest artists of all time. I was so honored to be able to arrange the horns with him on these songs.davidfrankmusic.com

Bass player Jeff Ganz is constantly touring the USA with The Hit Men. This band includes musicians from various legendary American bands such as The Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Johnny Winter and many more. The band plays hit songs that they participated on. There is a lot of talent in the band and Jeff certainly adds to it. thehitmenlive.com

Stay tuned as we will be posting pictures and videos from the Island Head recording sessions.

to be continued…

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I Shot The Sheriff video (The Making of)

Here is the link to the  video of Island Head’s version of the Bob Marley classic “I Shot The Sheriff”. This reggae classic was originally recorded by Bob Marley and The Wailers. Island Head recorded an instrumental version of the song with a unique arrangement including a guitar solo by Andy Bassford and sax solo by Tim Cappello. Other band members include drummer Billy Messinetti, trumpet player Don Harris, keyboard player David Frank, guitarist Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung and bass player Neil Jason.

The video is basically a photo montage of the recording sessions and the making of the album.

I Shot The Sheriff video

Coming To The Falcon St. Patrick’s Day Friday March 17

You can go out and hear some Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day or you can do what they do in the Caribbean, jam with a reggae band!

Island Head will be performing at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. Make your reservations early for Friday March 17, 2017. The band always packs this fantastic club. But, because it is St. Patrick’s Day we are expecting a sell-out performance. You will want to get there before the 8:00pm downbeat for dinner. The food is quite good!

The Falcon is in Upstate Ulster County. Here is the link to The Falcon website

Come out and see live musicians jamming to classic reggae from Bob Marley, Studio One jams and Island Head’s own original songs. There will be some musical surprises!!

 

Review of Island Head Live at The Falcon!

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Billy Messinetti and Don Harris (together they produce and do arrangements for Island Head)

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Andy Bassford of Island Head

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Jeff Ganz of Island Head

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Don Harris of Island Head

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Timmy Cappello (sax player vocalist of Island Head)

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David Frank (madman on the B3) of Island Head

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David Frank, Dave O’Donnell (Punky Reggae Party mix engineer), Billy Messinetti

Thank you to all who came out to see Island Head at The Falcon!  What a fantastic night, so much fun!!  Special thanks to Island Head’s keyboard player, David Frank.  David flew in from LA to do this gig because he just loves playing the music with this group of amazing players.

The band opened the night with classic Jamaican instrumentals from the Studio One collection called “Tunnel One” by legendary reggae sax player, Tommy McCook and “Darker Shade of Black” by Soul Vendors. The latter is actually an excerpt from The Beatles song “Norwegian Wood”.

When Sax player/vocalist Timmy Cappello introduced the band’s version of “Baby I Need Your Loving” by The Four Tops he said; “We have such a symbiotic relationship with Jamaican reggae musicians and artists.  They write songs, we make them our own.  We write songs and they give that grace and that thrust with a whole new feel”.

One of the highlights of the band’s set was their version of “Freedom” by Richie Havens. The groove was kind of a Soca/Reggae thing which had the whole crowd on their feet.  Don and Timmy took advantage of their wireless clip-on microphones and were dancing with the audience and played amazing solos.

Keyboard player David Frank’s band, The System had a big hit called “Don’t Disturb This Groove”. Island Head did a version with a groove called “”Rockers” that was originated by the legendary drummer/bassist duo Sly & Robbie. “Rockers” is kind of a half-time feel with the bass drum playing quarter notes (4 on the floor).

Of course, the band played most of the songs from their album “Punky Reggae Party” that has been heard on reggae radio especially SiriusXM “The Joint” channel 42.  They closed the set with a furious version of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” that featured an energetic funky drum solo by Billy. The crowd would not let the band leave so quickly and demanded an encore.

The encores included the classic “House of The Rising Sun” done Island Head reggae style. The final song took the audience by surprise as the band ripped into a cool reggae version of “Kiss” by Prince. There was not one person left sitting!

Island Head Live at the Falcon Tonight

The Falcon website link

Musicians performing tonight:

David Frank – keyboards

Andy Bassford – guitar

Timmy Cappello – sax/vocals

Don Harris – trumpet

Jeff Ganz – bass

Billy Messinetti – drums/vocals

Island Head is an important project to Reggae

SiriusXM Radio program director for the reggae station The Joint, Pat McKay said; “Island Head is an important project to reggae. It’s always great to have substantive, high art. This work contributes to reggae’s growth. Reminds others of what it really is and what is still possible. I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience.”

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