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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:55 pm    Post subject: George Lee Reply with quote

Short piece about the saxophonist George Lee, who I first came across on part 2 of BURIAL OF LONGSHOT...which is actually one of a number of JA-style versions of King Curtis's SOUL SERENADE:

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/george-lee-mn0001742446/biography

Thanks to Marc (Bosssounds) for originally posting the link elsewhere in the forum.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Joe.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie Chalk wrote:
Cheers Joe.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit more about the man:

Real Name Kwame Narh Kojo Larnyoh. Ghanaian saxophonist, composer, session musician and band leader, born 8th January 1938 in Ghana - died 18th September 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A little bit about the man from bobmarleymagazine.com

Interview With George Lee Larnyoh (June 2008 by Marco Virgona)

Ciao Marco

I am sure you didn’t know I spent a few years in and around Italy (Bologna) with my band the Exotics in the late sixties, just a few years before I was in London at the Island Records studios with Bob Marley and Johnny Nash in the early seventies.The Island Records studios were very special, they had been converted from a beautiful old Notting Hill Gate church in west London and the acoustics were great.

The vibe on the Bob Marley sessions was always real, he had a way of generating energy in the studio, jumping and dancing the minute the music began, inspiring all the musicians with his enthusiasm so we would give our best. There was always lots of fruit, nuts and other such healthy things around the studio and at the house rented for them by Caymen Music. Bobby and I were buddies, he used to call me African rasta when we used to hang out at the studio or the house, Bob always wanted to know about Africa so we rapped a lot.

The studios were used exclusively by Bob Marley and Johnny Nash during this time so it was music all the way. Bobby, the Wailers and the session musicians were always jamming together at the house and the studio. Bob Marley was a dedicated musician and for me it was a pleasure to play with him.

My band was called Sons of the Jungle then and we were all on the Bob Marley sessions, we were already playing with producer Johnny Nash who had a number one hit worldwide with ‘I Can See Clearly’. I was also writing songs then which were later recorded by Johnny Nash, it was a very creative musical period all round.

It was at a promo concert in the Apollo Theatre New York when one of the theatre security guys came backstage and said “who is George Lee?” he told me there’s a weird looking dude at the stage door looking for you do you have a piece? meaning a gun. That was gentle Bobby coming to tell me he was leaving Caymen Music management as he felt that all the company’s efforts were going into their number one artist Johnny Nash and Bobby was feeling sidelined , emotionally he said he was ready to move on. It was during another concert at Watford Gap to the north of London that Johnny Nash had told British audiences to listen out for Bob Marley and the Wailers as they were going to make big waves with their music

For Bob’s sessions I did a solo on Natty Dread and we did Reggae on Broadway, Hurtin Inside, Oh Lord and Dance do the Reggae I recall.
Great times, great music , and Bob Marley a great man.

GEORGE LEE LARNYOH


The Exotics - Driftaway:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62Uo6VJVFr4

A bit fluffy. Written by Grorge Lee. I'm unsure about the vocalist - Tony Wilson perhaps?
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought first of all that they'd been this bunch of Exotics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-klpo7ol-zk

But despite the JA influence, this would surely have been too early.

I assume Lee hooked up with Dandy in the UK in much the same way as Peter King did with Derrick Morgan.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bosssounds wrote:
I thought first of all that they'd been this bunch of Exotics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-klpo7ol-zk

But despite the JA influence, this would surely have been too early.

I assume Lee hooked up with Dandy in the UK in much the same way as Peter King did with Derrick Morgan.

I think it may be the same band. George says they were active for a few years.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie Chalk wrote:

Real Name Kwame Narh Kojo Larnyoh.


Can't imagine why he went for George Lee as a pseudonym... Mr. Green




And, I seem to recall it was "The Sons Of The Jungle" horn section on an early Maytals LP or two... Cool
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most interesting! Cheers, Andy! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RudePete wrote:
Charlie Chalk wrote:

Real Name Kwame Narh Kojo Larnyoh.


Can't imagine why he went for George Lee as a pseudonym... Mr. Green




And, I seem to recall it was "The Sons Of The Jungle" horn section on an early Maytals LP or two... Cool
An anglicised handle might have been more acceptable, more likely to be remembered, easier to pronounce and might have been easier to get (say) session work with.

Although why "George Lee" specifically, who knows?

"George" is a good, strong, British name and "Lee" is simple and gets the job done.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...or I might have been positting claptrap again Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
RudePete wrote:
Charlie Chalk wrote:

Real Name Kwame Narh Kojo Larnyoh.


Can't imagine why he went for George Lee as a pseudonym... Mr. Green




And, I seem to recall it was "The Sons Of The Jungle" horn section on an early Maytals LP or two... Cool
An anglicised might have been more acceptable, more likely to be remembered, easier to pronounce and might have been easier to get (say) session work with.

Although why "George Lee" specifically, who knows?

"George" is a good, strong, British name and "Lee" is simple and gets the job done.


Good point. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
...or I might have been positting claptrap again Mr. Green
Also a good point Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
...or I might have been positting claptrap again Mr. Green
Also a good point Wink
True....Mr. Green
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