Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Duff Review: Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra "Tunnel Vision"

The cover features a steam locomotive with a large trail of smoke pouring from its smokestack.Self-released
Digital single

(Review by Steve Shafer)

While Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra's previous releases have been focused almost exclusively on covers of classic Skatalites cuts, this new digital single is the first to feature one of the band's original songs. And what a fantastic track it is! Typically, Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra blends '60s ska and Jamaican jazz with '40s style American big band jazz, but on this outing they mix in some reggae and the results are outstanding. The tune is wonderful, the arrangements are compelling, and the musicianship is absolutely top-notch. Word is that this is the first in a series of forthcoming singles and I suspect that you won't want to miss what's coming next down the line.

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