Luciano

Jamaican-born Jepther McClymond, better known as Luciano, has little in common with his Italian namesake Mr. Pavarotti, except that he was seemingly born to sing. Since first exploding onto the international reggae scene with the excellent Where There Is Life album in the mid-'90s, Luciano has been a prime factor in the ongoing roots-reggae revival movement. His pristine voice often evokes a connection with nature, in accordance with his Rastafarian beliefs, and his phrasing -- just a little behind the beat -- is equally sublime. Appearing with him Saturday night at The Engine Room will be toaster Mikey General and veteran saxman Dean Fraser, the musical director of the Jah Messenger Band.
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