David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 – Playtime
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 – Playtime
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 – Playtime
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 – Playtime

David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 – Playtime

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Dave Hillyard – saxophone

Larry McDonald – percussion

Will Clark – trombone

Jeremy Mushlin – trumpet

Mike Bitz – bass guitar

Vic Ruggiero – piano

Dave Hahn – guitar

Eddie Ocampo – drums

Dave Wake – organ


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record press : unspecified

Label :  ORG Music

Original Label :  Hellcat Records

Engineered by Albert Ciati

Produced by Ciati*, Hillyard*, Ruggiero*

Remastered by Alan Douches, Hillyard at West Side Music

Originally released in 1999

Reissued in 2019


Tracks :

Side A:

1. Sidney's March
2. Hillyard Street
3. The Fool
4. Father And Son
5. Playtime
6. Angry Lady


Side B:

1. Ugly Man Blues
2. Norwegian Wood
3. Skavez
4 Peace


Reviews :

"Ska Saxophonist David Hillyard earned his keep, and his debut release, as a player-for-hire for Rancid and bands on their Hellcat imprint, such as the Slackers. This primarily instrumental album is an entertaining and affectionate blend of ska and early American jazz strains. Like most of the ska groups on Hellcat Records, Hillyard keeps the ornamentation down to a minimum and focuses on the horns; Playtime could be backup tracks for a Desmond Dekker or Prince Buster session rather than a blueprint for late '90s punk/ska. Strangely, Hillyard maintains a Ry Cooder-esque objectivity toward the music, which celebrates his integrity, but also places a cap on his lineup's talents. You wish for more moments like "Father and Son," a circular instrumental whose controlled horn section serves as background for a furious drumming performance by Eddie Ocampo. Hillyard gives ska a compositional depth you don't see in a lot of his contemporaries, especially in the Ellington-esque horn breaks in the title track and an off-kilter cover of the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood." Playtime might let reverence get in the way a few times too many, but it's also an encouraging example of how ska can box itself out of its stylistic corner." AllMusic Review by Paul Pearson


Ratings :

AllMusic 3/5   ,   Discogs 4.81/5

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