Rusty’s mix of classic reggae, rock steady and ska is imbued throughout with the sound of his magnificent voice, his hook laden original compositions and his thorough understanding of the place of soul in Jamaican music. Of the twelve tunes on ‘The Reggae Soul of Rusty Zinn’, (RockBeat Records, to be released in February 2015) nine are written by Rusty, and show his command of the craft. Meaningful lyrics, memorable and melodic tunes set in timelessly crisp productions, all topped off by his warm and intimate voice. The kind of songs that should be on every radio stations’ playlist.
The album’s opening song ‘Rise Up’, is up on YouTube and is rapidly gaining views. The tune shows the ska side of Rusty’s musical personality, and is a joyful paean to hope and optimism in these doubtful times. It has the sensibilities of a ‘We Shall Overcome’ lyric but with a far better tune and a totally irresistible dance beat. All the songs on the album, whether written by Rusty or not, reflect love, a yearning for love, or an unflinching optimism in what lies ahead. ‘Pushing Towards A Dream’, ‘She Comes From Nothing’ and ‘Woman Don’t Settle’ acknowledge problems but point to solutions, while ‘Angie I Love You’ (written for his wife),’Do I Stand A Chance With You’,’Lover’s Glory’, ‘Put Your Faith in Me’, Frankie Valli’s ‘I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’, Gladys Knight’s ‘Is There A Place’ and Jimmy Holiday’s ‘Turning Point’ are unabashedly romantic to the core. ‘Gift Of Love’ is a glorious celebration of life’s central theme set to a riffing ska rhythm.
Rusty’s new tune “Rise Up”
Here is Rusty Zinn’s classic new tune ‘Rise Up’, which is taken from his forthcoming new album ‘The Reggae Soul Of Rusty Zinn’, to be released early in 2015. Let’s Rise Up and get the message out to the world. Pass this link on to all your friends. Filmed and Edited by Frank Sosa.
Also Available – Rusty’s “Manifestation” on 9 Above Records
In the spring of 2009 Rusty Zinn realized a long held dream, and spent two weeks in Kingston, Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae, to soak up the vibes and work on a new CD. The project was organized by Rusty with the help of his friend and mentor, Mikey Chung (Now Generation, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie) who played guitar on six tracks on “Manifestation”. Rusty and Mikey were joined on the six song session in Kingston’s Mixing Lab studio by none other than the great Sly Dunbar on Drums, Boris Gardiner on Bass, Robbie Lyn on Keyboards and the legendary Scully Simms on kette drum and percussion. With such true reggae royalty lined up behind him, Rusty has created a very soulful piece of Reggae art which Roger Steffens has already hailed as “a lustrous album of all faiths-embracing hymns for the new century”.
Rusty’s new release, “Manifestation” opens with “Give Something You’ve Got” recalling the golden age of early Reggae with a tip of the hat to the great Jimmy Cliff whose live performances had a huge impact on Rusty’s decision to make a commitment to sing and play Reggae music. “For Creation” follows with a classic roots reggae sound featuring some wicked kette drum work by Scully Simms. There are many other stirring roots reggae originals on the set with conscious and spiritual messages such as “Mankind” where Rusty asks “why do they call us mankind” rooted firmly in the Rasta wordplay approach, as well as the title track “Manifestation” which was inspired by Rusty’s belief in manifesting one’s vision which ultimately led him to Jamaica. On “My God” Rusty gives insight into his opinion that if all the nations of the world could unite under one Creator, things would be much better on earth as we know it. The final track is a Dub companion to “My God” which will excite fans of classic reggae dub sounds. Rusty’s roots reggae are uncompromising and unapologetic but also have something to offer in the way of inspiration to all walks of life, to all color, class, and creed.
There are also themes of love as on “A Many Splendored Thing” where Rusty shows his love for the influence that Doo Wop had on Jamaican music, plus Rusty’s own personal Rock Steady “classic” “Breakaway (From This Love)”. With its nod to the Treasure Isle sound, “Breakaway” also shows the influence of Rusty’s number one vocal inspiration, the great Alton Ellis, whose memory the entire disc is dedicated to. Another standout lovers theme is the radio friendly “Put Your Faith In Me” which may entice fans of Johnny Nash as well as Jimmy Cliff with its enticing reggae rhythm and melodic hook. As for themes of love, Rusty simply puts it like this: “My music is all about love. It could be the love for a woman, or the love for Jah, but it’s all love in the beginning and end”.