Album: Don Drummond, Memorial Album, (Trojan)

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It's 40 years since the death in prison, following his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend, of Jamaica's most celebrated trombonist.

Here is what Trojan retains the rights to in the Skatalite's back catalogue, spread over two discs, including the tracks remixed by producer Duke Reid in 1969. Uncomfortably, the dead girlfriend, Anita "Margarita" Mahfood, is to be found singing with Drummond on the unremarkable "Woman a Come". Despite that, this is the music that located the trombone at the heart of reggae's tonal palette. Regal, playful, warm.