David Madden gives ‘good measure’

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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WITH over 50 years in the music industry to his credit, trumpeter David Madden still
keeps in tune with modern trends.

His latest project is a self-produced four-song EP titled 4 Good Measure, released on April 25.

Cherrio, The Big Bang, Roots Man Love Song and the title song are on the mini set which is the follow-up to last
year's Pon De Internet, Madden's first EP.

Said the veteran musician: the latter "went well enough to have me looking forward and doing this new one".

Like the songs on Pon De Internet, 4 Good Measure blends contemporary beats with the sounds Madden was weaned on at Alpha Boys' School in Kingston.

Madden joined the Jamaica Military Band in his late teens, then went on to a successful career as a session musician at Studio One, as a composer/arranger with saxophonist Cedric Brooks and founding member of the Zap Pow band.

He enjoyed success with Zap Pow, playing on outstanding songs like Mystic Mood and This is Reggae Music.

Madden has always embraced reggae's evolution. In the 1990s, he played on roots classics like Everton Blender's Lift up Your Head and Raid The Barn by Anthony B.

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