31 May 1952 |
||Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica
||Trojan, Wackies, Universal, Sony/Columbia, Treasure Isle, Island, Azul, Dynamics, Mango, Federal, Tuff Gong International
Clive Hunt (born 31 May 1952 in Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae multi-instrumentist, arranger, composer and producer.
Hunt learned the trumpet while at school and joined the 1st Battalion Jamaica Regiment Band at the age of seventeen. On leaving the service he was recruited by Byron Lee for his band the Dragonaires, touring with the group in North America. He became a sought-after session musician, playing trumpet and also bass guitar, flute, horn, keyboards, and saxophone. He was also employed as an arranger and producer, working with many singers and musicians. Amongst others he worked with: Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Wailers, Grace Jones, Max Romeo, Pablo Moses, Jimmy Cliff*, Johnny Clarke, Judy Mowatt, Devon Irons, Duke Reid, Sister Carol, Marcia Griffiths, Yasus Afari, J.C. Lodge, Congos, Chaka Demus, Ruddy Thomas, Twiggy, Al Campbell, Joe Higgs, Burning Spear, Lloyd Parks, Horace Andy*, Dean Frazer, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Riley, I-Threes, Spanner Banner, Toots & the Maytals, Leroy Sibbles, Leroy Smart, Nadine Sutherland, Delroy Wilson, Capleton, Chris Stanley, Trinity, Errol Brown, Dillinger, Phillip Frazer, Nitty Gritty, Cutty Ranks, Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus*, Vybz Kartel, Chris Martin, Kiprich, Macka Diamond, Aidonia, Sizzla, Lutan Fyah, Alpha Blondy, King Sounds, Dennis Bovell, The Brecker Brothers, Kali, Bernard Lavilliers, Betty Wright, Pushim and Tiken Jah Fakoly.
He released his first album "Satta I" (Trojan) under the name of "Lizzard" in 1976. A second dub album, Orthodox Dub was released on the Wackies label.
Hunt emigrated to New York in the late 1970s, where he worked with Joe Gibbs and Lloyd Barnes' Wackies set-up. He developed cocaine dependence and in 1987 was deported from the US after being charged with drug-related offences. He went through rehab in 1991 and has since re-established himself as a successful producer, working with the likes of Beres Hammond, Judy Mowatt, The Abyssinians, and Garnett Silk, and recorded with Jimmy Cliff, Steely & Clevie, and The Rolling Stones.
In the 21st century he was signed by VP Records as a producer for the label, and has produced for artists such as Etana, Jah Cure, Maxi Priest, and Queen Ifrica.
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