Carl "bridge" Ayton (c.1956 - 23 December 2001) is a multi-talented member of the Jamaica Music Industry. He was an accomplished Drummer, Arranger, Producer, Songwriter, Vocalist, Studio Operator and Studio Engineer.
Carl's professional experiences span twenty years. His professional career began in 1975 when he became a member of the then popular Mighty Titans. Between 1978 and 1983 he was a member of the Caribs Band, performing at the Jonkanoo Lounge. Other groups with whom Carl interacted were: Cederick Brooks, Mutual Jazz Players, Jon Williams Electric Trio, Sonny Bradshaw Jazz mobile, Peter Ashbourne & Ashes.
He founded the Blood Fire Posse in 1983 with Danny Browne, Alden Stewart, Donovan Belnavis and Paul Blake. He was also a part of the Bunny Wailer Backing Band since 1982 and still works with both bands. During 1984 and 1985, Carl was part of Judy Mowatt's Back-up Band.
While playing with Bloodfire Posse and Bunny Wailer, Carl joined the staff of the Jamaica School of Music in 1989 where he taught Music Education for four years. At that time he also joined the Roots Radics Band and has remained with this band to date.
Carl has recorded for Bunny Wailers, Eric Donaldson, Culture, Echo Minott, Pam Hall, Beres Hammond, ET Webster, Sonia Spence, Denroy Morgan, Dean Fraser, Yellow Man, Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, Toots, Bloodfire Posse, Sophia George, Doreen Shaffer, Mutabaruka, Oku Onuru, Carlene Davis, Barbara Jones, Lorna Nelson, Delroy Wilson, Robert Ffrench, Carl Dawkins, Triston Palma Ancel Collins, Chris Stanley, Tamlins, Ken Bob, Eddie Fitzroy, Myrna Hague, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Andrew Tosh, Freddie McGregor, Desi Roots, Psalms, Lasana Bandele, Lloyd Lovindeer, Buffalo Soldiers and Phillip Fraser.
Some Popular songs and with which Carl is associated are:
- Girlie Girlie - Sophia George - British Chart
- Beautiful Woman - Toots - Australian Chart
- Lazy Body - Echo Minott - Jamaican Chart
- Man Shortage - Lovindeer - British Chart
Some Popular albums with which Carl is associated are:
- On the Rock - Israel Vibration
- Free to Move - Israel Vibration
- Hall of Fame - Bunny Wailer - Grammy Award
As a Producer, Carl worked with Psalms (formerly Gaylads), Daddy Tar, Captain Blood, ET Webster, Dean Frazer, Bloodfire Posse, Doreen Shaffer, Ken Bob, Robert Ffrench, Earnest Wilson, Pan Head, Tony Rebel, Apache Scratchy, Nardo Ranks, Michael Fabulous, Tippa Lee & Rappa Robert and Desi Roots.
Carl had the experience of touring with Bloodfire Posse, Big Youth, U. Roy, Judy Mowatt, Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibration, Roots Radics, Andrew Tosh, Yellow Man, I Kong, Cutty Ranks, Flourgan and Gregory Isaacs.
-- Courtesy (Carl "bridge" Ayton website) --
Sad News Before The End Of The Year
Carl Ayton, multi-talented drummer and music union executive, died at the University Hospital in St. Andrew, Sunday morning after suffering a stroke. The veteran musician, who was a founding member of the groundbreaking early 1980s Bloodfire Posse band, was 45 years-old.
Ayton was pronounced dead at 2:30 am just 30 minutes after his girlfriend, Charmaine Bowman, took him to the Andrews Memorial Hospital. He had complained of feeling ill the previous evening before the couple left home to attend a wedding, and experienced a seizure shortly after the couple retired to sleep.
Bowman says doctors at Andrews recommended Ayton be taken to the University Hospital for a CAT scan. He died there while undergoing treatment. Ayton and Bowman met in 1990 while he was a teacher, and she a student, at the Jamaica School of Music. Their first child, Leo, was born three months ago.
Guitarist/bassist, Leebert "Gibby" Morrison, who had known Ayton for 25 years, described his colleague's passing as a "great loss". "Carl wasn't just a drummer. He was involved in so many aspects of the music business," said Morrison. The two were members of The Carriers, a roots-reggae group that recorded one album (The Beginning) in the late 1970s.
Over the years, Ayton recorded and toured with Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibration and Sugar Minott. In the early to late 1980s, he was a member of the Bloodfire Posse, the cutting-edge band that introduced a computerised sound to the live reggae scene. In the early 1990s, Ayton joined the Roots Radics and toured the world with Wailer and Israel Vibration, acts the band recorded with exclusively.
Never far from the administrative side of the music business, Ayton, at the time of his death, was first vice-president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians (JFM) and a director of the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP). And in his response, JFM president and close personal friend Desmond "Desi" Young, described Ayton's death as "a massive, crushing blow to the music fraternity." "The fraternity has lost a key player and the JFM has lost a stalwart," Young told the Observer. "We are all in shock." Ayton was also head of Aytonbridge Studio where several leading reggae acts recorded, mixed or edited their productions. In November, 2000, Ayton, Morrison and Bowman recorded and released "Tribute To The Crown Prince of Reggae", an instrumental compilation of songs by the late reggae singer, Dennis Brown.
Carl Ayton is no longer with us. He will be sadly missed. May his soul rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to Carl Ayton's family and friends.
-- Courtesy (Howard Campbell -- Jamaica Observer) --