Now we’ve lost Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott, better known simply as Style Scott, drummer and riddim guru extraordinaire.
Having emerged in the Seventies as a key member of the legendary Roots Radics, one of Jamaica’s most prominent backing bands, Scott worked alongside many of the greats of Jamaican music over the course of his life. I think his best work was reserved for Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound label, as the driving force (with Sherwood) behind Creation Rebel and Dub Syndicate, who provided so many great riddims for the likes of Prince Far I, Bim Sherman, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, among many others. Scott also operated his own label, Lion & Roots.
Details of his death are sketchy at present, reports coming out of Jamaica suggest the 58-year-old was murdered at his home.
Going way back, here’s a tune from the missing channel, ‘Geoffrey Boycott’ …