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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tonight in Music: Jimmy Cliff

Posted by Lex Chase on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM


JIMMY CLIFF
(Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon) Jimmy Cliff is an international treasure. The man has more hits than you realize ("Sitting in Limbo," "I Can See Clearly Now," and "Vietnam" are just the tip of the iceberg), and they're uniformly terrific, all of them. Cliff has gracefully grown into his role as reggae elder statesman, serving as ambassador for a genre whose growth, in lesser hands, seems to have been stunted since its '70s heyday. That's not the case with Cliff's generous, consistent catalog. Last year, he released the sterling Sacred Fire EP with the help of Tim Armstrong (Op Ivy, Rancid), and now they've teamed up for a full-length, titled Rebirth, which is due out next month. The chance to see a master at work such as Cliff should not be dismissed lightly: The man dispenses good vibes better than just about anybody. NED LANNAMANN

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