Il passe son enfance en côtoyant le trompettiste Baba Brooks et commença à apprendre la musique. À l’âge de huit ans, il va à l’Alpha Boys’ School, et se met à l’apprentissage de la clarinette, et du saxophone ténor qui deviendra son instrument de prédilection. Il s’associe avec David Madden en 1968 et forme The Mystics; il enregistre So long rastafari calling avec Count Ossie, et rejoint The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari en 1974.
Plus tard, il forme « The light of Saba » et sort Cedric Im Brooks & The Light Of Saba.Lié au célèbre Studio One, il est imprégné de tous les courants qui cohabitent aux Caraïbes : mento, rocksteady, free jazz, calypso, funk et nyabinghi. The Light of Saba est l’un des flambeaux du métissage musical afro-caribéen. Cet album est un chapitre de l’histoire musicale de la Jamaïque. Un jazz tirant parfois vers l’afrobeat cher à Fela ou mâtiné tantôt de calypso de percussions latines, de rumba et même de disco, parfois de funk, le tout posant les bases de cette musique qu’est le reggae. Il a maintenant rejoint les Skatalites. Sa vision profondément mystique de la musique en fait un musicien incontournable de l’histoire de la musique jamaïcaine. In http://fr.wikipedia.org
Jamaican musician Cedric Brooks dies at 70
Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, has died. He was 70.
One of Brooks’ sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens. She said Saturday that he suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes and fell ill several years ago, losing his ability to speak. Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing in songs such as Burning Spear’s « Door Peep. » He also had hits with trumpet player David Madden including « Money Maker » and « Mystic Mood. ». Brooks also was a member of the Jamaican ska band The Skatalites. He is survived by seven children and four sisters.
Brooks became a pupil at the renowned Alpha Boys School aged 11, where he learned music theory and clarinet. In his late teens he took up tenor saxophone and flute. Brooks was a member of groups such as The Vagabonds and the Granville Williams Band in the early 1960s, but it would be the late 1960s when he would find his first major commercial success, as part of a duo with trumpeter David Madden, Im & David. The duo released a series of instrumental singles for Clement « Coxsone » Dodd‘s Studio One label. Brooks also became a regular studio musician at the Brentford Road studio, playing on many recording sessions, and released several solo singles in the early 1970s.
In 1970 he first teamed up with Rastafarian drummer Count Ossie, releasing tracks such as « So Long Rastafari Calling », « Black is Black », and « Give Me Back My Language and Culture » as Im and Count Ossie. The pair would later form The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, with Brooks acting as musical director and leader of the horn section. From this collaboration resulted the triple LP-Set Grounation. Brooks left in 1974 to form a new band, the Divine Light (later called The Light of Saba). After a single, « Demauungwani », the group recorded their first album for the Institute of Jamaica, From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music, a collection exploring the history of Jamaican music, incorporating mento, junkanoo, ska, rocksteady, and reggae. The band made two further albums of jazz-influenced Rastafarian reggae,The Light of Saba and The Light of Saba in Reggae, before Brooks left, again going solo with his 1977 album, Im Flash Forward, featuring Studio One rhythms from the early 1970s, and regarded as one of the greatest Jamaican instrumental albums. The following year, Brooks assembled a new band of musicians to record the United Africa album.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Brooks released a few singles but largely worked as a session musician. In particular, he worked with Carlos Malcolm in San Diego, California, in 1998 as part of a 20-piece ska and mento orchestra known as « Zimbobway’s King Kingston Orchestra ». These albums featured Im both on saxophone and percussion in many of the 24 recordings. In 1999, after the death of Rolando Alphonso, former saxophonist of the Skatalites, Brooks joined the band. Brooks died in the New York Hospital, Queens, New York on 3 May 2013 after suffering a cardiac arrest.In http://www.huffingtonpost.com