"The concept behind the album was taking some great reggae, rocksteady, and ska tunes, changing up the melodies, and having numerous guest instrumentalists on each track. As you can tell by the video, the album is phenomenal from stem to stern. The music comes from bands like The Slackers (NYC, USA), The Bullets (Los Angeles, USA), The Caroloregians (Charleroi, BE), The Moon Invaders (Charleroi, BE), The Ratazanas (Oeiras, P), The Soul Captive (San Francisco, USA), The Forthrights (NYC, USA) and The Heatmakers ( Marseille, FR).
Guest musicians include Larry McDonald from the Rocksteady 7 & Dub Is A Weapon on percussions, David Hillyard from The Slackers & the Rocksteady 7 on tenor and baritone sax, Kincaid Smith from Hepcat on trumpet, King Django, Roger Rivas from the Aggrolites and the Bullets on organ, Buford O?Sullivan from the Easy Star Allstars on trombone, Tommy Tornado from Rude Rich on tenor sax, Rich Graiko from Westbound Train & Void Union on trumpet, Paolo Parpaglione from Mr.T-bone Allstars & Bluebeaters on alto and tenor sax, and Cecio Grano from the Young Lions on tenor sax and flute.
If that wasn?t enough, the whole album was mixed by the legendary Victor Rice! It is a fantastic instrumental album and I hope there are more follow-up volumes to come."
Gigi De Gaspari, a.k.a. Mr. T-Bone, is trombone player and singer with a very long musical career. Beginning in the late 1980's in Italy he established himself as a top trombone player in the international Ska and Reggae scene. His style and musicianship led to performances and tours throughout Europe, USA, and Japan playing with such artists as Derrick Morgan, Willie Williams, Mikey Dread, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, David Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7, Victor Rice, The Slackers, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, The Toasters, The Trojans, The Caroloregians, Dr. Ring Ding, Eastern Standard Time, Casino Royale, The Bluebeaters, Africa Unite, and many, many others.
Mr. T-Bone is currently a proud member of the Rocksteady Seven a Ska & Reggae combo led by The Slackers' sax player, David Hillyard. Mr. T-Bone has toured both the United States and Europe performing in the Rocksteady Seven.
As band leader Mr. T-Bone has released six albums That's It (2002), Mr. T-Bone Sees America (2004), Strictly Live (2007), Heroes (2008), I Do Dub (2010), and Mr. T-Bone & Friends - Instrumental Session Vol.1 (2010). All of his albums have been released and are distributed in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
He also works as a composer, with several Italian film soundtracks to his credit as well as commercial music for TV advertisements broadcast in Italy, USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
In 2006 Mr. T-Bone founded his own band named Mr. T-Bone & the Young Lions. With this group he released one album (Heroes) and toured all over Europe. He has also performed at the largest festivals in the Reggae and Ska music scene such as Rototom Reggae Festival (Italy and Spain), Three Floors Of Ska (NYC, USA), Slack Fest (NYC and Boston, USA), Riot Fest (Chicago, USA), Chiemsee Reggae Festival (Chiemsee, Germany), Lowland Paradise Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Eurosonic (Groningen, Netherlands), Tokyo Ska Jamboree (Tokyo, Japan), Ska Town Festival (Madrid, Spain) Erromo Festival (Bilbao, Spain), Dance Ska La Festival (Rennes, France), Dour Festival (Brussels, Belgium), and Mighty Sound (Prague, Czech Republic)...just to name a few.
In October 2010 Mr. T-Bone released his first instrumental album entitled Mr. T-Bone & Friends - Instrumental Session Vol. 1 on Chicago's Jump Up Records. The recording featured many great artists Mr. T-Bone specially invited to record with him, such as David Hillyard (The Slackers), Kincaid Smith (Hepcat), Larry McDonald (The Rocksteady 7), Roger Rivas (The Aggrolites), Tommy Tornado (Rude Rich and the High Notes), King Django, and many others. The release of the album was celebrated in Europe in the Spring of 2011 with a tour where Mr. T-Bone was backed in different areas of the continent by the most important bands of the European Ska scene, The High Notes, The Caroloregians, The Upsttemians, and The Gramophone Allstars.
Mr. T-Bone is set to release a new vocal album with the Young Lions this October, which will be released by Chicago's finest label, Jump Up Records and distributed in Europe by the German label Grover Records. The release will be followed by a long tour of the USA, Canada, and Europe beginning in early October. Mr. T-Bone will be backed during the North American portion of the tour by Washington DC's greatest Ska-Jazz band, Eastern Standard Time. The tour will head west from Washington DC through the Midwest, and then north into Canada, culminating in a performance at the renowned Montreal Ska Festival. The North American leg of the tour will end in New York City, but Mr. T-Bone will fly back to Italy to join his band, The Young Lions, to embark on a six month tour of Europe, traveling to Italy, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and the Balkans.
On January 15th he released his instrumental album digitally continuing his collaboration with the New York based label "Whatevski Records".
On January 25th (2012) will be also released his first "Best of" and is gonna be on the great Japanese label "Ska In The World".
Find out more and keep up with Mr. T-Bone through his website, www.mrtbone.com