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Mama Roots

by Jerry Harris

Lovers Rock Reggae, Roots Reggae
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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1. Can't Live My Life
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2. Too Much Religion
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3. Beautiful Lover
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4. Just a Little Love We Need
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5. Don't Have No Time
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6. Global Warming
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7. Aika
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8. What's Going On Out There
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9. Only You
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10. Mama
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11. Your Face
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12. Sit Down and a Look
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13. Mix Music
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14. Mama Instrumental
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Jerry has been a seminal part of the New York reggae scene since 1975. He was the back bone of Lloyd "Wackies" Barnes' Wackies Records crew of musicians and composer. He wrote and sometimes co-produced classic tracks by artists such as Horace Andy, Lee "Scatch" Perry, Jackie Mittoo, Sugar Minott, Mikey Dread, Max Romeo, and producer with Clive Hunt. He went on to produce his own albums as well as artists like Japanese reggae singer Nahki on his first Wackies production. In 1985 he went on tour to japan with Max Romeo,Freddy Mcgregor Judy Mowatt Jimmy Riley many others with Reggae Sunsplash which was supported by Japanese Company Tachyon.

Born Allan Harris in Portland, Jamaica, Jerry has since the age of 14 devoted his life to music. He was influenced by the life and playing style of his father who was a professional jazz and calypso musician on the hotel circuit in Jamaica. The name Jerry was given to him by musican friends. They felt that Allan had a similar style to guitarist "Jah Jerry" of the Skatalites fame.

His first regular gig as a guitarist/backing vocalist came in 1972 when he played with The Young Experience Band for 4 nights a week at Port Antonio Hotel and night club. From there, the band spent the next two years performing live concerts with artist such as U-Roy, Toots & The Maytals, and the Heptones.U-Roy Also in the band was Jerry's friend, Junior Murvin who would later become famous for the classic "Police And Thieves."

In 1974 Jerry left Jamaica for New York where he joined The Stepping Stone Band. After which, he stepped to The New Breed Band and backed up Burning Spear on his first US tour. This subsequently lead to him supporting such acts as Richie Heavens, Sugar Minott,Ken Booth,The Blues Busters, and numerous other reggae artist in popular venues around the US.

With this experience firmly under his belt, Jerry wanted to further his musical talents by performing solo with his own compositions. His first album I'm For You was released by Wackies Records. He continued to write, play, and arrange his own music which eventually lead him to produce the classic Spreading All Over album in 1987. Then came Rock This Session in 1990, Smile And Be Happy in 1991, all of which were released by Alpha Enterprise based in Japan.

As Jerry Harris & Rhythm Force, he joined the Super Cat Canadian tour and backed popular reggae artist Shabba Ranks in New York. He has been a part of the long running Japansplash since 1985 and toured Japan throughout the 90's. He is now a well known name among Japanese reggae lovers from his touring and backing of Japanese reggae star Nahki, and artists like Tiger, Barrington Levy, Alton Ellis and the list could go on.

In 1992, Harris' music was included on the reggae compilation Yesterday Once More, released on Polystar (Japan). 1993 saw him once again on the second compilation of Polystar, Endless Love. From this exposure, the label then released his 1993 album, Nice 'N' Good To You, which was released mainly in Japan and the far East. Now you can hear the best of his work on his new album Lovers Rock-Tonight.2002,Lovers Paradise,2004,Love and a message,2006,And a none reggae album New York City love
Jerry continue to produce other artist on his Listen Up Records label and work with Japanese record company Avex ,Artist Megarylu,Pang and Nahki.


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Compelling Roots/Rock Reggae
With his deep, gruff, and oh-so-soulful voice, Jerry Harris’s “Mama Roots” CD is a funky reggae album with roots as deep as the singer’s own legacy. The prolific composer, a fixture in the NY reggae scene since the ‘70s, has once again delivered an album of potent rhythm and soul, a propulsive mix of Roots Reggae and Rocksteady that reflects the legion of key Jamaican talents he has worked with in 4 decades as a leading and important Reggae artist. Highlights include “Just a Little Love We Need” and the topical “Global Warming,” both owing a debt to Bob Marley-influenced grooves, but on “Mama” he shines with a Jimmy Cliff-like pop sensibility that transcends mere reggae-style labels. On “Mama Roots” Harris is once again backed by a stellar rhythm section, typically concise guitar fills, affecting horn parts, and backing vocals from a female chorus that is integral and subtle. Lyrically, there is a ‘70’s-centric affirmative and positive social relevance running through all his songs as he alternately exhorts, cajoles, and pleads for the kind of world that seemed nearer to realization in those more innocent times. Nevertheless, there is nothing out of date about either Jerry Harris’ message or the timeless brand of reggae he so effortlessly puts forth. Jerry Harris’ “Mama Roots” CD continues an ageless tradition of intoxicating Reggae/Rocksteady music.