Genre: jazz and ska fusion Best tracks: More Whiskey (#4), Tilt-a-Whirl (#9)
If you are either a jazz or ska purist then give the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble a pass. If you like your music genre-bending (as Spot Cool Stuff does) then this is an alum for you. Background ska riffs frame jazzy trumpets and scorching piano solos to create a sound that’s more ska than jazz. Indeed, most of the ensemble members are from well known ska bands, including Rick Faulkner and Jonathan McCain (the Toasters), guitarist Devon James (the Skatalites) bassist Victor Rice and keyboardist Cary Brown (the Scofflaws).