“Jamaican Boy”: Jazz Fusion Reggae

Three musicians – Stanley Clarke, Jeff Beck & Steve Gadd – with keyboard embellishments from a fourth, Bayeté Todd Cochran:

“Jamaican Boy” was a 45 release from 1979’s I Wanna Play for You studio/live hybrid LP.

Stanley Clarke 45Not to be confused with Lloyd Clarke’s single release from 1964, “Fellow Jamaican.”

In a (potentially ironic) twist, NYC-born percussionist, Lenny White – Clarke’s former partner in jazz fusion supergroup, Return to Forever –  later served as the drummer for The Jamaica Boys, who released two albums on Warner Brothers.

Jeff Beck, interestingly, had received a shout out from Clarke three years previously on “Hello Jeff” (both an A-side and B-side on which Beck played guitar) and three years prior to that from Stevie Wonder on “Lookin’ for Another Pure Love” – an album track from Wonder’s 1972 breakthrough LP, Talking Book, on which Stevie encouragingly chuckles “Do it, Jeff” around the 2:00 mark.