Jamaican Rohan Reid is a bass player of staggering talent. His debut full-length release, Rifle Road, shows that talent has also been enhanced by maturity and a keen imagination. The title track starts with what seems like a predictable dance hall rhythm, but within moments, horn flourishes, keyboard passages and Reid's own distinctively plucked notes elevate it above the 'street noise'. Blu-Lu-Lup, as the name suggests, is a whimsical track, with an 'old-time market song' feel to it, as Reid doubles on bass and banjo. He also takes on well-known songs, including Jimmy Cliff's Wonderful World, Beautiful People, Al Green's Let's Stay Together (co-written by Green, Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson) and Marley's Lively Up Yourself, with similarly engaging results.
Michael 'Jazzofonik' Edwards, The Jamaican Observer Product
Rifle Road, a revealing name for a road in a tense area in urban Kingston, is where Rohan Reid's musical odyssey is coming from. Many believe that Rohan Reid is one of the most gifted musicians of his generation that is now coming fully into his own. He already shines on bass, piccolo, guitar, and his banjo. Now he is making his mark with original compositions of wonderful songs like: "I Have Much To Say." His team of players are a perfect fit; Phillip Martin's saxophone, and the astonishing Sisaundra Lewis, also Mrs. Reid, who brings home, one of the best recent versions of Let's Stay Together. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, refreshed with a reggae feel, and the Latin groove on Rifle Road, is a cut above.
Say the name, Rohan Reid, and almost everyone in Jamaica knows his life story! ...the third of seven children, born and raised in Kingston, Rohan was encouraged to start learning bass at the tender age of 6. His father, Nathaniel Reid, had him pick up the guitar to teach him a "few chords" to play along in church. Little did he and his wife know that this youngster would, in a short amount of time, would learn and master both bass and guitar.