April 2014 - He won a Grammy award
multiple times, and that's just for his
musical works. His teaching and writing
skills have not gone unnoticed either.
Talking about Joe Ferry, dr. Joe Ferry:
widely acclaimed bass player and record
producer as well as talented writer. But
this is about the music. Music with King
Tubby and Augustus Pablo to be precise.
We're talking about "Perfida
DUB", unmistakably a Jamaican Roots
Rockers tune from the seventies. A Dub
carrying King Tubby's mixing skills as well
as musicians playing in ways that super
stars can only dream of. 555 Crown Street
carrying the works of Augustus Pablo is a
true classic, needs no introduction or
description other than the remark it is
present on this album. Which says a thing
about Joe Ferry!
Of course, these two tracks are appetizers.
Appetizers for what is coming. And what is coming
is more fat DUB and Reggae in the Roots
tradition. Solid riddims, excellent works by
the musicians and the engineer, matching
perfectly with the classic historic
recordings on "Connected". You'll
even hear resemblances of Black Uhuru
recordings in the guitar play
("Unwind" by Menace).
It's not only Dub even though the album
is truly all about the Dub. There's a vocal
track by Uzimon and The Dons called
"Don't Go Bang", a thing which
makes you realize something about the title
of the album. Makes you want to listen to
the Dub of the track as well... There's
Victor Rice again (reviewed at mp3.dubroom.org),
bringing you "Bango" which is kind
of a hybrid between Dub and a vocal track.
There's the Big Ska Band with a Dub that
could be taken off a secret Dub album by the
If Joe Ferry's "Connected: Mob
Stories and Reggae Riddims" resembles
anything of the book that this release
accompanies, you might want to check that
out as well. The album surely brings that
upfull yet intense vibe only Reggae Dub can
bring especially when it is played in, as
said, the Roots Tradition.