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Mallory Williams makes comeback

Published:Tuesday | July 12, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Keyboardist Mallory Williams' latest album, Reggae Keys, is expected to be released in August by Fort Lauderdale-based Upstairs Records.

Williams, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, is best known for the hit songs She Boom and Irie Daughter. He recently completed the instrumental set in collaboration with veteran south Florida producer Danny Breakenridge, head of Upstairs Records.

He told The Gleaner that he added his keyboard touches to a number of tracks Breakenridge recorded over the years.

"It came out much better than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the finished product," Williams said.

Williams is the son of Luther Williams, a respected pianist who played the north coast hotel circuit during the 1950s. He followed his father's musical footsteps when he joined the Lloyd Parkes and We The People band.

He also toured and recorded with Jimmy Cliff and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. His previous album, Dance Reggae Cha Cha Cha, was released in 2003.

Breakenridge is also a publisher who has worked with a diverse cast of artistes such as Ken Boothe, Jackie Parris and Screwdriver.