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"Ska Album Reviews"

Debonaires-Self-titled
California's the Debonaires blew me away with this follow-up to Groovin' After Sundown. Their sound has changed a bit. I believe they lost their singer and tenor sax player, while picking up a new tenor sax/singer and a trumpet player. While I thought Groovin' After Sundown was a technically good and pleasant sounding album, it never caught me. I've hardly listened to it, it just never seemed to sound quite "right" and realize its potential. I'd say they realize that potential on this album, and it seems as though that potential was goddamn enormous. Upon hearing the first track, "Criminals," I was immediately struck by the great, soulful vocals of the new singer over the sweet reggae. There is also a great dub sounding bridge in the middle, the transitions to and from which are perfectly executed. I went on to really dig all the vocal tracks. They sound very influenced by, and remind me of, artists such as the Heptones and Delroy Wilson-high praise, my opinion. There is actually a cover of the Paragon's (or maybe just John Holt's?) "Left with a Broken Heart." The Debonaires definitely do it justice. The dub tracks and instrumentals are excellent as well. They display diversity-Gracia y Vega shows off a great guitar part, while Fortune Teller is also horn-driven. Many of the tracks are driven by, or at least feature prominently, the a badass organ part. In comparsion to other contemporary acts, these guys remind me of Westbound Train meets Pressure Cooker meets the Rhythm Doctors, except while I like all three of those bands quite a bit, I like this more. Between this release and primosonic rhythms, I have the utmost respect for the Rivercidal Records label

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Discography

US Compilations:
Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae V/A West Coast Chronicles Vol. 1 " A Dozen Roses"
(Steady Beat Recordings) SBR 110CD
Release 1997

Primo Sonic Rhythms Vol. 1 V/A "Change Of Mood"/ "False Prophecies"
(Rivercidal Syndicate Records) 70010-2 CD
Release 2001

Foward March V/A " Tribute To Tommy Mc Cook & Roland Alphonso"
(Boss Sounds Records) BS 001 CD
Release 2001

Primo Sonic Rhythms Vol. 2 V/A "Criminals"
(Rivercidal Syndicate Records) 700-105
Released 2005

Carribean Shakedown V/A "See You Again"
(Jump Up Records) JUMP-068
Released 2006

European Compilations:

Searching For the Young Soul Rebels Vol. 2 V/A "Left With A Broken Heart"
(Spirit of 69 Records) Germany 69CD-008 CD
Release 2001

More Banana Hits V/A "Criminals"
(Banana Records) Czech Republic BA-001 CD
Release 2004

LP's
Groovin' After Sundown
(Rivercidal Syndicate Records) RP-001 CD
Release 1998

The Debonaires S/T
(Rivercidal Syndicate Records) RSR 70010-3 CD
Release 2003

The Debonaires "Long Shout"
(Jump Up Records) Jump-068
Releasd 2006

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The Debonaires incorporate soul, jazz and funk while remaining ever faithful to the Jamaican sounds of ska, rocksteady and reggae music. Born out of Riverside, California in 1995, the nine musicians currently reside throughout the state. Built of a rough rhythm section, dynamic horn section, and versatile vocalist, the Debonaires have shared the stage with reggae legends The Skatalites, Laurel Aitken, Justin Hinds and Phyllis Dillon as well as newer acts Hepcat, the Specials, The Toasters, Lit and Fishbone. To date, they have released two full-length albums on Rivercidal Syndicate Records and 1 full length with Jump Up Records. They have also appeared on numerous compilations.
The Debonaires credit numerous influential players of past times and diverse genres: Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Jackie Mittoo, Marvin Gaye, Ernest Ranglin, Steel Pulse, The Meters, Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Ocean 11, Winston Wright, Greyboy All-Stars…Out of respect and appreciation for such individuals, the Debonaires endeavor to produce music of quality and substance, true to its influential origins.