Keyser Soze is an original reggae/ska/soul band with a strong jazz background. The sextet was formed in Reno, NV in 1998 by Jammal Tarkington and Rodney Teague. Keyser Soze has made a strong presence for themselves by regular regional touring and by being in the position to share the stage with some of the best drawing headliners, including Michael Franti, The English Beat, The Wailers, The Aggrolites, Steel Pulse, and The Skatalites, to name a few.
In 2003, Keyser Soze released “Revenge”, a highly energetic and eclectic record that established their presence on the scene. After many years of gigging and personnel changes, the group settled on its current lineup, the core of which has been going strong since 2009. “But Not For You” was released in 2011 and features a more streamlined approach to ska/reggae music. The record also pushed them into international markets by attaining distribution through Rocking Records, from Germany.
“The Remedy” is Keyser Soze’s new release for 2013. It features many guest artists, such as The Aggrolites’ Roger Rivas and the incomparable Lauren Nagel, formerly of The Soul Captives. This release is being distributed by Rocking Records in Europe, and by Megalith Records in North America.
Keyser Soze is a very gifted band that fuses both both classic and newer reggae styles with jazz and pop, but it’s a flavor all their own, which means Keyser Soze are setting the standard for reggae. Their latest album represents one of the best reggae sounds out right now, and is a must have for the serious good vibe listener!
Trumpets, Trombones and Saxophones relentlessly pervade their uplifting ¾ rhythms. I’ve been streaming the album for a few days now and can say that it is probably one of the tightest reggae production and songwriting jobs I’ve heard in a while. Mainstream radio just doesn’t know what talent is anymore; with all the recycled Autotuned rubbish and the pathetic over-produced attempts at what is supposed to be music, it’s a nice breath of fresh air to hear real music that is played by a group, and not fabricated by some manic electronic producer.
Keyser Soze is one of those Reggae bands that know how to combine great, catchy songwriting with immaculate instrumentation and recording/production techniques. The eleven-track, “The Remedy” album, showcases their talents in all its glory. I’m surprised that Keyser Soze hasn’t gleaned an even more widespread audience. Their eclectic version of reggae is light and refreshing; yet poignant and powerful at the same time. It’s an awesome combination.
“Catch Your Breath”, “Dance With Me”, “Firehouse Sound” and “Squeezin” are only some examples of songs that transcend any musical style. Great melodies, intelligent and meaningful lyrics, talented musicianship; it simply does not get any better than this!
Keyser Soze’s blend of reggae and ska styles perfectly gel on this masterpiece. Clever lyrics, seductive beats, sassy horns and that familiar reggae styling make sure that there is not a weak spot on “The Remedy”. Even if you aren’t much of a reggae fan, this album is well worth a listen!
Keyser Soze currently is Jammal Tarkington – lead & backing vocals, baritone/alto saxophone, Rodney Teague – lead & backing vocals, trombone, Ruben Garcia – trumpet, melodica, Ryan Hall – guitar, electronics, Mike Mayhall – bass, Jon Hall – drums, Daniel Weiss – percussion.
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