Dean Fraser

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About Dean Fraser

Dean Fraser’s rich, fulsome tenor tone has helped to make him perhaps the foremost Jamaican reggae saxophonist. In 1977, he joined Lloyd Parks's We The People Band, who recorded several successful records for Joe Gibbs and gained a high profile backing Dennis Brown. In 1978, Gibbs produced Fraser’s first album, BLACK HORN MAN. Demand for Fraser’s playing ironically increased as computerized music began to dominate reggae in the mid-1980s as his forceful saxophone added a human touch. Fraser had a surprise hit in 1987 with "Girlfriend," prompting him to break out his singing voice again on SINGS AND BLOWS. He was awarded the Musgrave Medal by the Jamaican government in 1993 for his musical achievements.

Kingston, Jamaica
August 4, 1957

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