Alpha (Chancy Records, Haiti, 1981)

(Chancy Records CCLP7994). 

Although Alpha band comes from Guadeloupe, this LP is produced by haitian bass player (Tabou Combo) Adolphe Chancy.
New York based label Chancy Records (CC Production for Coppet + Chancy) released from the late 70s many haitian bands (Tabou Combo, Coupe Cloue, Skah Shah, Gemini Allstars...) and few bands from the "french" West Indies as Alpha or Selecta International.  Another aspect of the significative influence of haitian cadence on Guadeloupe and Martinique musicians.

On the song "La Gen" the musicians (including Daniel Nemorin who also played with Georges Plonquitte and Rafael Zachille) just have the perfect groove as if they could play it for hours. Progressing from slow bouncy rhythm to a typical a haitian uptempo vibe, they make the track an irresistible tropical dancefloor hit. Hats off to the drummer and his crash cymbal, the smart horn section and the singers' soul...

Alpha - La Gen :

Guy Nemorin, Maurice La Touchant : vocals
Daniel Nemorin : guitar
May Joyau : bass
Andre Lambert : drums
Jocelyn Lordelot : conga
Jean-Pierre Charlemegny : piano
Marc Martier: vocals
Francis Cournet : sax, flute
Albert Mucret : trumpet
Marc Steckart : trombone

►► Ever heard Haitian mambo sung in creole? Listen HERE.
►► Or check a smooth Trio Select HERE.