Especially during the Ska period with Jamaica's top jazzmen playing together as the Skatalites, Jazz became a great influence on Jamaican music. Lots of the mighty Skatalites horn instrumentals have their origins in Jazz standards.

Turning a five-quarter time into a Jamaican Rhythm:
TAKE FIVE by Dave Brubeck and a Rocksteady version by saxman Val Bennett

Original Artist Composer Jamaican Artist / Title / Producer
Cannonball Adderley Sextet "The Jive Samba" (Riverside 1962) Nat Adderley Buster´s All Stars "City Riot " (Prince Buster, Voice of the People 1964)
Llans Thelwell: "Jive Samba" (Ronnie Nasralla, Soul 1965)
Nat Adderley "Work Song" (Riverside LP 'Work Song' 1960) Nat Adderley Randy´s All Stars "Back Road " (Randy´s, Impact 1974)
Johnny Lytle "The Village Caller" (Riverside 1964) Johnny Lytle Lennie Hibbert "Village Soul" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1969)
Paul Gonsalves "Clark's Bars" (Argo LP 'Cookin'' 1958) Clark Terry Duke Reid and His Group "Twelve Minutes To Go" (Duke Reid, Duke Reidīs 1962)
Charles Lloyd "Forest Flower" (Columbia LP 'Discovery! The Charles Lloyd Quartet') Charles Lloyd Roland Alphonso "Forest Flowers" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1965)
Nina Simone "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (Bethlehem 1958) Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
written for the 1930 film version of the 1928 Ziegfeld musical comedy 'Whoopee!'
Jeanette Simpson "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (Dandy Livingstone, Giant 1968)
Cornell Campbell "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (Bunny Lee, Trogans 1973)
"Indian Summer"
Jazz standard, written in 1919, vocal version by Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940
Duke Ellington "Indian Summer" 1956
Count Basie "Indian Summer" 1959
Victor Herbert Skatalites "Indian Summer" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1964)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan "Stone Cold Dead In The Market" (Decca 1946) Houdini Roland Alphonso "Old Fowl Ska" (Clement Dodd 196?)
"In A Little Spanish Town"
Written in 1926, a hit for Jack Fulton and Paul Whiteman´s Orchestra
Mabel Wayne Baba Brooks "Shock Resistance" (Justin Yap, Top Deck 1963)
Duke Ellington and his famous Orchestra "Five O´Clock Whistle" 1940 Myrow, Irvin, Gannon Baba Brooks "Five O'Clock Whistle" (Justin Yap, Top Deck 1963)
Duke Ellington and his famous Orchestra "Caravan" 1937 Ellington, Tizol, Mills Roland Alphonso "Skaravan" (Justin Yap, Top Deck 1965)
Duke Ellington "In A Mellow Tone" 1940 Ellington Roland Alphonso "Surftide Seven" (Justin Yap, Tuneico 1965)
Big Sid Catlett Quartet feat. Ben Webster "Just A Riff" (Commodore 1944) Sid Catlett Soul Brothers "Streets Of Gold" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1965)
Jimmy Smith "Women Of The World" (Verve LP 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?', 1964) Riziero Ortilani Jackie Mittoo & the Soul Bros. "Woman Of The World" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1965)
Roland Alphonso "Women Of The World" (Leslie Kong, Beverley's 1966)
Glen Miller "Johnson Rag" 1939 Henry Kleinkauf, Guy Hall Veetones "Never Never Never" (?)
Art Blakey "Arabia" (Blue Note LP 'Mosaic' 1961) Curtis Fuller Prince Buster All Stars "Ali Shuffle" (Prince Buster, Voice Of The People 1967)
Herbie Hancock "Watermelon Man" (Blue Note 1962)
(see Latin section)
Herbie Hancock Baba Brooks Band "Watermelon Man" (Duke Reid, Dutchess 1963)
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires "Watermelon Man Ska" (Byron Lee, Atlantic 1964)
Lee Morgan "The Sidewinder" (Blue Note 1963) Lee Morgan Skatalites "Malcolm X" (Vincent Chin, Randy´s 1963)
Lester Sterling "Casa Blanca" (Percy Chin, Kaya 1975)
James Moody "I´m In The Mood For Love"
Fats Domino "I´m In The Mood For Love" 1957
Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields Lord Tanamo "I'm In The Mood For Ska" (Lindon Pottinger, SEP 1965)
Artie Shaw "Summertime" 1945
Ravens "Summertime" (National 1947)
(from the 1935 opera "Porgy And Bess")
Ira & George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward Monty Alexander & the Cyclones "Summertime" (Clement Dodd, Teen 1961)
Lloyd Clarke "Summertime" (Vinroy Pearce, Bismark 1964)
Lloyd Clarke "Summertime" (Bunny Lee, Island UK 1968)
Roy Richards "Summertime" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1968)
Jackie Mittoo "Summertime" (Clement Dodd, Supreme 1970)
"It Ain´t Necessarily So"
(from the 1935 opera "Porgy And Bess")
Ira & George Gershwin Jo Jo Bennett "The Loop" aka. "Living Soul" (Sonia Pottinger, Gay Feet 1967)
Gerry Mulligan "Bernie´s Tune" (EmArcy LP 'Presenting The Gerry Mulligan Sextet', 1955) Bernie Miller Val Bennett "Atlas" (Neville Esson, Stampede 1966)
Jazz Crusaders "Tough Talk" (World Pacific 1963) Sample, Henderson, Hooper Skatalites "Tuff Talk" (Justin Yap, Tuneico 1965)
Phil Upchurch "You Can´t Sit Down" (Boyd 1961) Clark, Upchurch, Muldrow Lester Sterling & the Skatalites "Can´t Sit Down" (Clement Dodd, Studio One LP 'Ska Authentic Vol. 2')
Skatalites "Ghost Town" (Justin Yap, Top Deck 1964)
Bill Doggett "Boo Da Ba" (King 1958) Bill Doggett Skatalites "Ska Boo Da Ba" (Justin Yap, Top Deck 1965)
Ray Bryant "Shake A Lady" (Sue 1964) Ray Bryant Roland Alphonso "V C 10" aka. "Shake A Lady" (Juston Yap, Tuneico 1965)
Artie Shaw "Jungle Drums" (Bluebird 1938) Carmen Lombardo, Charles O'Flynn, Ernesto Lecuona Baba Brooks "Distant Drums" (Justin Yap, Top Deck 1963)
Raymond Harper "African Blood" (Prince Buster, Voice Of The People 1963)
Stan Kenton "If I Were A Bell" 1961
Shelly Manne and his Men "If I Were A Bell" 1961
(from the 1950 musical "Guys and Dolls")
Frank Loesser Roland Alphonso "If I Were A Bell" (Clement Dodd, D Darling 1962)
Shelly Manne and his Men "Frank's Tune" (Atlantic LP 'Boss Sounds!', 1966)
Jack Wilson "Frank's Tune" (Blue Note LP 'Easterly Winds', 1967)
Frank Strozier Roland Alphonso "Merry Mood" aka. "Ranglin On Bond Street" (Duke Reid, Treasure Isle 1968) credited to Tommy McCook
Upsetters "Mellow Mood" (Bruce Anthony, Trojan UK 1970)
Stan Kenton "Peanut Vendor" 1956
originaly titled "El Manisero" and played in the 1930s by Antonio Machin and Aspiazu's Orchestra in Cuba and also in New York
(see also Latin section)
Moses Simons Tommy McCook & the Skatalites "Peanut Vendor" (Clement Dodd, ND 1964)

Quincy Jones "Sermonette" 1965
Cannonball Adderley "Sermonette" 1957

Cannonball Adderley Tommy McCook "Ska Legion" (Clement Dodd 196?)
Bing Crosby "Out of Nowhere" 1931
Jazz standard
Johnny Green Lester Sterling "Out of Nowhere" (Clement Dodd, ND LP 'Jump Jamaica Way' 1963)
Charlie Parker "Barbados" (Savoy 1948) Charlie Parker Lester Sterling "Forest Gate Rock" (Bunny Lee 1969)
Sonny Bradshaw Seven "Gas Riot" (Sonny Bradshaw, Saturn 1972)
Charlie Parker "Now´s The Time" (Savoy 1945) Charlie Parker Roland Alphonso "Shuffle Duck" (King Edwards, King Edwards 1964)
Sonny Rollins "St. Thomas" 1956 Sonny Roolins Baba Brooks "Musical Communion" (Duke Reid, Dutchess 1963)
Bobby Smith & his Orchestra "Bess Boogie" (Apollo 1949) Bobby Smith Skatalites "Yard Broom" (Duke Reid, Treasure Isle 1965)
Lloyd Troutman Orchestra "Trotting In" 19?? Lloyd Troutman Tommy McCook "Trotting In" (Clement Dodd, ND LP 'Ska Authentic Vol. 2' 1965)
Sarah Vaughan "Make Yourself Comfortable" (Mercury) Bob Merrill Los Caballeros Orchestra "Make Yourself Comfortable" (Copley Johnson, JDI 1966)
Sil Austin "The Square From Cuba" (Mercury LP 'Everything´s Shakin´' 1957 Sylvester Austin, Nobar Lester Sterling & the Skatalites "Hot Cargo" (Clement Dodd, ND 1964)
Horace Silver "Song For My Father" (Blue Note 1964) Horace Silver Roland Alphonso "Song For My Father" (Leslie Kong, Beverleyīs 1967)
Herbie Hancock "Cantaloupe Island" (Blue Note 1964) Herbie Hancock Jo Jo Bennett "Cantelope Rock" (Harry Mudie, Fugitive 1967)
Chick Webb & his Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald "A-Tisket A-Tasket" (Decca 1938) Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald Lyn Taitt & Tommy McCook " The Yellow Basket" (Duke Reid, Dutchess 1967)
Benny Goodman Sextet "Flying Home" (Columbia 1939)
Lionel Hampton "Flying Home" (Decca 1942)
Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton Rico "Omara Special" (Dada Tuari 196?)
Tommy McCook "Flying Home" (Duke Reid, Treasure Isle LP 'Come Rock With Me In Jamaica' 1968)
Jimmy Smith "Got My Mojo Working" (Verve 1966) Morganfield Jackie Mittoo "Got My Boogaloo" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1966)
Spiral Starecase "More Today Than Yesterday" (Columbia 1969)
Charlie Earland "More Today Than Yesterday" (Prestige 1970)
Pat Upton Jackie Mittoo & the Crusaders "More Today Than Yesterday" (Clement Dodd, Sight 'N' Sound 1970)
I guess Jackie was inspired by Charlie Earland´s version, that´s why you find this in the Jazz section
Glen Miller "In The Mood" (Bluebird 1940) Joe Garland, Glenn Miller, Andy Razaf Dandy & his Group "In The Mood" (Dandy Livingstone, Caltone UK 1967)
Dave Brubeck "Take Five" (Columbia 1961) Dave Brubeck Val Bennett "The Russians Are Coming" (Bunny Lee, Leeīs 1968)
Jacob Miller "Standing Firm" (Top Ranking 1979)
Sil Austin "The Square From Cuba" (Mercury LP 'Everything´s Shakin'' 1957 Sylvester Austin, Nobar Lester Sterling "Hot Cargo" (Clement Dodd, ND 1964)
The Staples Singers "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)" (Epic 1967)
Cannonball Adderley "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)" (Capitol 1967)
Rosebuck Staples Lyn Taitt & the Jets "Why Am I Treated So Bad" (Sam Mitchell & Keith Scott, Merritone 1968)
Prince Buster "Why Am I Treated So Bad" (Prince Buster, Prince Buster 1968)
Karl Bryan & the Soul Vendors "Bad Treatment" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone LP 'Rock Steady Coxsone Style' 1968)
Lou Donaldson "Peepin´" (Blue Note LP 'Mr. Shing-A-Ling' 1967) Lonnie Smith Tommy McCook & the Supersonics "Heat Wave" (Duke Reid, Treasure Isle LP 'Come Rock With Me In Jamaica' 1968)
Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists "Bongo Chant" (Esquire LP 'Afro Kadabra Caribbean Suite' 1953) Kenny Graham Lester Sterling & Stranger Cole "Bangarang" (Bunny Lee, Leeīs 1968)
Gerald Wilson "Viva Tirado" (Pacific Jazz LP 'Moment Of Truth', 1962)
El Chicano "Viva Tirado" (Kapp 1970)
Gerald Wilson Soul Vendors "Drum Song" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1967)
Jazz Crusaders "Way Back Home" (Chisa 1970)
Jr. Walker "Way Back Home" (Soul 1971)
W. Felder, Bristol, Knight Soul Defenders "Way Back Home" (Clement Dodd, Studio One 1970)
Count Ossie "Way Back Home" (Cedric Brooks, New Dimension 1972)
Herbie Mann "Memphis Underground" (Atlantic 1969) Herbie Mann J.J. All Stars "Memphis Underground" (Carl J.J. Johnson, Sir JJ 1969)
Tommy McCook "KT 88" (Randy´s, Randy´s 1969)
Hank Crawford "Skunky Green" (Atlantic 1963) Hank Crawford Roland Alphonso "Drums Of Fueman Tru" aka. "Nimrod" (Clement Dodd, Studio One 1965)
Count Basie "Splanky" (Roulette LP 'Basie' 1957) Neal Hefti Tommy McCook "Jazz Walking" (Reid 1962)
Carlos Malcolm "Splanky" (Carlos Malcolm, Up-Beat LP 'Space Flight' 196?)
Louis X "A White Man’s Heaven Is A Black Man’s Hell" (A Muslim Sings 1960) Louis X Prince Buster "A White Man’s Heaven" (Prince Buster, Prince Buster 1968)
Don Elliott "Straits Of McClellan" (ABC-Paramount LP 'A Musical Offering By Don Elliott' 1956) Don Elliott Skatalites "Ska Ba" (Clement Dodd, Rolando & Powie 1963)
Vince Guaraldi Trio "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" (Fantasy LP 'Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus' 1962) Vince Guaraldi Skatalites "Reincarnation" aka. "Prince Royal" (Prince Buster, Wildbells 1964)
Tommy Turrentine "Gunga Din" (Time LP 'Tommy Turrentine' 1960) Tommy Turrentine, Spencer Rico Rodriguez "Gunga Din" (Karl Pitterson, Island LP 1977)
Wilbur Harden (feat. John Coltrane) 'Dial Africa' (Savoy LP 'Jazz Way Out' 1958) Wilbur Harden Rico Rodriguez "Dial Africa" (Karl Pitterson, Island LP 1977)
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