‘Chank’ rhythm

“The inventor of the mute-plus-upstroke ‘chank’ rhythm that defines ska music has recorded a new album, ‘Bless Up,’ that’s a summation of his visionary intelligence as a musician and composer. His playing on the disc is relentlessly perky, propulsive, and lush … . Although deep reggae and ska fans revere him, Ranglin’s 11 original tunes on ‘Bless Up’ — where he’s supported by the core trio Avila — prove he deserves wider recognition.”— Premiere Guitar

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