TOOTS, STRANGER COLE AND BUNNY WAILER JOIN FORCES WITH BLUE GLAZE MENTO BAND IN NEW RECORDING CALLED ‘WE WILL WAIT’

Adding to the Wailers connection are Sticky Thompson (percussion) and Lee Jaffe (harmonica).

Founded over forty years ago Blue Glaze Mento Band has long been considered one of Jamaica’s finest Mento Bands. The group developed a somewhat more contemporary sound in the last decade, however, backing up reggae singer Stanley Beckford for two records and a European tour.

In this latest recording the band features much vocal versatility, particularly from singer Vernal Morgan, veteran of both Duke Reid and Ms. Pottinger’s studios in the Sixties. Yet there are are original recordings from two other band menbers, as well as guest appearances from Stranger Cole, Toots Hibbert and Bunny Wailer.

Review by Roger Steffen, Co-Chairman, Reggae Grammy Committee: “For all those wondering where the bawdy lyrical bents and sociological explorations of Jamaican music originated, this wonderful collection of mento-era updates, anchored timelessly by some of its foundation artists, will answer your questions. Toots Hibbert and Bunny Wailer reveal their indebtedness to the pre-reggae roots music of Jamaica’s country folk, mourning their dead, praising their maker and laughing at the humorous folly of man’s sexual pecadillos. A refreshing surprise and important addition to the canon.”

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