Jimmy Skaffa

Six Bullets Past Midnight

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Besides being probably the midwest best claim to ska fame, the Omaha-born Jimmy Skaffa boasts another unique element in the two-tone scene. Ska is largely a boy's club, but one in which a female voice can really command a presence. Here is one that does. Ska is about verse sung over supporting rhythms and featuring sections of brass solos. Jimmy Skaffa has a female lead vocalist named Robin Goodwin. Those perky dance rhythms are just right for the female voice, but that is something that rarely happens in ska. Goodwill is a warm and charming vocalist -- her voice is given the smallest dab of reverb and often multi-tracked for greater presence -- and the force of this band is a five-man horn section of alto and tenor saxophone, two trumpets and a trombone.

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