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Sparrow Martin Plays the Blues

Sparrow Martin

The evening showers set on dampening Kingston's spirits had ended, but only a few turned out to Pulse8, formerly known as Studio 38, for the third installment of Groovalization. For the night, the live and recorded jazz show has enlisted the talents of the legendary Winston “Sparrow” Martin and his quintet. Martin is musical director at the Alpha Boys School, which is a legendary part of Jamaica’s musical history.

The quintet’s set was dubbed ‘Blue in the Blues’, but provided music from a range of genres. It was a fair night's performance as the performers delved into standards such as 'A Train' as well as revisions of Jamaican folk songs like ‘Linstead Market’, ‘Fan Me Soldier Man’ and ‘Sly Mongoose’. They even touched on pieces like ‘Shaving Cream’,  capturing the song's whimsy despite the absence of lyrics. Their performance ended with a refreshing version of Dennis Brown’s ‘How Could I Leave’.

Groovalization is produced by GW Jazz and is the brainchild of Gordon Wedderburn.

“Groovalization aims to inject something new and different into the current entertainment
landscape,” Wedderburn explained. He said that the show is intended to provide a platform for both established and emerging artists. It was the final show for the year, and though Wedderburn expressed doubt as to whether the Groovalization concept would continue, he affirmed that GW Jazz would continue to stage and promote jazz events.

Groovalization took place on Thursday, December 13, 2012.