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Vin Gordon is a Jamaican-born trombone player who grew up to be one of the best brass players the island ever produced.
Gordon was born on August 4th, 1949 in Jonestown, Kingston. He attended Alpha Boys School where he first learned to play trombone and string bass. After graduating from the schoo at the age of 16l, he began playing in the Salvation Army band in Montego Bay, where his talent was recognised by Roland Alphonso and he was brought to Coxsone Dodd's Studio One in 1965. There, he began backing The Wailers on their monumental rude-boy tune "Jailhouse", where he was featured on a solo at the end of the track. It was here that he officially became part of Studio One's house band known as The Soul Brothers.
While at Studio One, Gordon met Lee Perry and this opened the way for him to play with many other reggae artists of the rock-steady era. he played on records by men such as Bob Andy, Keith Hudson, Bibi Seaton and The Heptones.
Gordon produced a solo album with Lee Perry in 1973 titled "Musical Bones", and he went on to produce 3 more albums.
In 1987, after having lived in the UK for some time, Gordon returned to Jamaica to a situation where live musicians were rarely needed, but he found a way to survive, as he began to work with Justin Hinds and The Dominoes in 1997. Shortly after this, he rejoined The Wailers, then transitioned to The Skatallites, where he is still currently heavily involved.
One solo album was produced by Lee Perry in 1973 (Musical Bones), which was originally released on DIP in the UK on blank labels in 300 copies only. There are rumours that the horn solos for this album have not been played by Gordon, but by Rico Rodriguez in a London recording studio