Perilous Time

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Ever since he emerged on the reggae scene in the late 1980s, Sanchez has shown himself to be one of the most gifted singers of the digital era and of the dancehall scene in general. He's been fortunate in his producers, as well, flourishing under the tutelage of Phillip "Fatis" Burrell and, especially, King Jammy. This late-1990s set finds him with King Jammy and a crack assemblage of studio musicians that includes hornsman Dean Fraser, keyboardist Tony "Asher" Brissett, and guitarist Mikey Chung, among many others. The songs are almost uniformly excellent: the soaring "Black Princess," a nicely arranged take on Leiber & Stoller's "I Who Have Nothing," a digital update of the Delroy Wilson classic "How Can I Love Someone?," and even a Bee Gees cover -- all of them showcase Sanchez's voice beautifully. Highly recommended.

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