On March 26th 2014, The BROOKLYN ATTRACTORS joined forces with NYC reggae heavies ANDY BASSFORD, and VICTOR AXELROD to guest with the group for a show at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab. Both Victor and Andy had guested with the group on previous occasions, but this was the first time their schedules would allow them to play together on the same date.This coupled with legendary Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald, most famous for his work with Gil Scott-Heron, Bob Marley and Lee Perry, along with NYC reggae-Jazz staples, Eddie Ocampo, Big Dan Jesselsohn, Buford O’Sullivan, Brett Tubin, Rich Graiko, Anant Pradhan and Luke Penella, made for a rare and magical evening of deep Jamaican-Jazz by some of the most prolific musicians in the Reggae/Ska scene today. Thankfully the audio was captured by the crew at Shapeshifter Lab and subsequently made available for release. This became “LIVE IN NYC”, the ATTRACTOR’S sophomore album and a rare hifi glance into the modern underground NYC Jamaican Jazz scene.
“My favorite thing about the Brooklyn Attractors is that they are students of the music. and having been around since the beginning of the music, I know what it’s supposed to sound like. They have not only respected the traditions, but they are leaning forward. It (the music) can’t stay in one place forever and they are bringing it forward. That’s what I like about the whole thing.” Larry McDonald (Gil Scott-Heron, Bob Marley and Lee Perry)
“I love the BA horn section; it reminds me of my old We The People days with Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, and Chico Chin. It’s rare that you encounter a horn section where everyone in it is both a great section player and a strong improviser, but that’s the case here.” – Andy Bassford (Toots and The Maytals, Burning Spear, The Skatalites)
“It’s truly an allstar line-up. The group could only exist in New York City… A place where there is not only the love for Jamaican music, but the musicians who have been here making it happen all along. These guys know the language.. it’s very rare to have a line up where every musician is so well-versed in the style.” – Rich Graiko BA Bandleader