The legendary Vin Gordon, aka Trommie, aka Don D Junior, is Jamaica’s master trombonist, played through the golden years of Jamaican music – through ska, rocksteady and on to working with some of the most iconic reggae artists in the world.
Vin’s life in music started in the early 60’s at the legendary Alpha Boys School of Music where he took up the trombone. Soon mastering his sound and earning a reputation as a player, he started recording at Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in 1965 recording for The Wailers alongside great musicians such as The Skatalites’ Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Lloyd Brevett, Lester Sterling, Bobby Ellis and many more.
Vin’s trombone sounds can be heard on the recordings of many Studio One legends of the day: the Wailers, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, the Abyssinians, the Heptones, Delroy Wilson, Bob Andy and Alton Ellis and plenty more, the list is staggering.
His biggest hits as a solo artist were Heavenless (credited as Don D Junior) and Real Rock, which he composed alongside keyboard genius Jackie Mittoo, a forever popular massive reggae anthem, and possibly the most covered riddim in reggae history.
In 1977 his friend Bob Marley brought him to London (Vin was his favorite trombone player having played on the Natty Dread and Rastaman Vibration albums) to record the Exodus and Kaya albums, both million-selling classic albums (including hits like Is This Love, Satisfy My Soul, Exodus). While in the UK he also worked with Aswad contributing greatly to their success at the time writing heavy horn based tunes such as Warrior Charge and Dub Fire (immortalized by Dennis Brown as Promised Land). For the last twenty years Vin has toured the world as a member of The Wailers and the Skatalites and in more recent times he has led his own band, the Real Rock a fantastic 8 piece London based outfit.
As the years have passed we realize the huge contribution to reggae music Vin Gordon has made, from an unsung hero to an elder statesman.