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Jazz - Released April 6, 2018 | Okeh

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Qobuzissime
They knew what they were doing when they named this record Nordub. Nor for North, represented here by Nils Petter Molvaer. In 1997, when the label ECM brought out the stunning album Khmer, this Norwegian trumpeter shook the jazz world by bringing electronic music into his atmospheric musical world. Nor is also his fellow countryman, guitarist Eivind Aarset and Finnish electro-tinkerer and DJ Vladislav Delay. As for the three letters of Dub, they stand for the genre's most classic duo: Sly Dunbar on drums and bassist Robbie Shakespeare. In 2016, this motley crew made up of the Jamaican tandem and Nils Petter Molvaer hit the stage. It was quite a warm-up for their studio session in Oslo. In essence, Molvaer's world has always been a hybrid, bringing together textures that were never exclusively jazz. His playing style uses different atmospheric controls without ever losing the creative strength of his improvisations or compositions. Here, the trumpeter even works his way into the unique Sly & Robbie sound with a perfectly natural air. And that is surely the strength of Nordub. No-one takes over, or tries to overpower the other. The fusion is total, and sincere. We even feel that our two old Jamaican long-distance travellers have strayed out of their normal comfort zone to take part actively in this music as it takes shape. Just like Aarset and Delay's work, every part is a vital component of the final result. Together, our five sound adventurers produce a fine symphony of truly singular dub and jazz. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Reggae - Released January 1, 2000 | Taxi


Reggae - Released August 1, 2013 | Trojan Records

Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare have been at the epicenter of reggae, dub, ragga, and Jamaican crossover music since the 1970s. Known primarily for their innovative work as session musicians, the Riddim Twins (as they are called) also garnered attention for their cutting-edge production techniques. In addition to helping to define the sound of such Jamaican superstars as Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, and Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie have also worked with Grace Jones, Bob Dylan, and Herbie Hancock, among others. RIDDIM collects the duo's own work in the dub vein between 1978 and 1985. While Sly & Robbie have lent their trademark sound to recordings that range all over the stylistic map, it's perfectly suited to the deep, heady vibe of instrumental dub. Shakespeare's pulsing, organic bass bobs and weaves between Dunbar's fractured, rimshot-filled rhythms, creating grooves that are at once spare, elemental, complex, and irresistible. Ironically, Sly & Robbie man the mixing boards on only a few tracks here, allowing guest producers to assist in constructing their soundscapes. The result is a lengthy, completely satisfying set of instrumental dub that spotlights the talents of one of the world's most notorious rhythm sections.

World - Released March 28, 2006 | Charly Records


Jazz - Released March 23, 2018 | Okeh


Dub - Released February 22, 2018 | Tabou 1


Reggae - Released January 19, 2018 | Echo Beach


Reggae - Released June 9, 2017 | Aggrovators


Dancehall - Released January 12, 2017 | Taxi Records


Reggae - Released January 1, 2017 | Tabou 1


Reggae - Released December 31, 2016 | Tabou 1


Reggae - Released November 30, 2016 | Tabou 1


Dub - Released April 1, 2016 | ITA


Reggae - Released September 4, 2015 | Caroline Distribution


Reggae - Released August 27, 2015 | Tabou 1