I'd never heard any of Cedric Brooks's later stuff until tonight, and...holy shit, what an eye opener. I knew he was in Sound Dimension, the Studio One backing band, and that that he had been in a later incarnation of the Skatalites, I knew he was an alumni of the Alpha Boys School, and had done some solo stuff, but everything I'd heard had been reggae related. I'd never heard his stuff mixing jazz with Rastafarian drums, afro-funk, and all sorts of other stuff (check "Africa"). These are some very cool sounds, genre defying and all that. The obituary at the Jamaican Gleaner (he died in 2013) noted "he established an association with the Arkestra of Sun Ra" which would explain why the stuff sounds out there, not really weird, just hard to pin down, like it's from some far away place, someplace exotic that you may or may not be able to find on a map.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Cedric Brooks - Ethiopia mp3 at Esentially Eccentric Studio One
Cedric Brooks - Silent Force mp3 at Pixie Radio
Cedric Brooks - Sly Mongoose mp3 at Pixie Radio
Cedric Brooks - Africa mp3 (via DivShare) at Village Dance Radio
NOTE: Once you get to DivShare, click on the small green "Download" button underneath the streaming thing, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds while the timer counts down. When the button reappears, you're good to go.
Cedric Brooks profile at the Jamaican Gleaner