Like fellow Chicagoan Mars Williams, Ted Sirota does not limit himself solely to jazz. The saxophonist Williams fronts the hip-hop funk freestyle band Liquid Soul and Sirota has assembled this Jamaican music band. Reggae music, the drummer's first love, has been incorporated into his longstanding jazz outfit Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls. With Heavyweight Dub he dives headlong into unexpurgated Jamaican music.
Those familiar with Sirota's work in Sabertooth, who released Dr. Midnight (Delmark, 2007) and their longstanding gig at The Green Mill, might find this music foreign. But listeners to his Rebel Souls records, Breeding Resistance (Delmark, 2004) and three prior Naim releases, will find the ingredients that inspired this dub Record.
He enlisted dub master Hopeton Overton Brown, AKA "The Scientist," an originator of Jamaican dub, to record this session. While it is not purely a 'dub' record, because it is an original recording (not a remix), the dub influence is apparent in the sounds of the drums and bass. Fans of the echo and reverb of dub won't be disappointed. Sirota delivers a roots-steady pulse throughout. His inclusion of vocals and a hip-hop verse keeps things interesting throughout.
Ever the cultural commentator, Sirota takes on Fourth Amendment issues with "Stop And Frisk (The New Jim Crow)" featuring Paul Mabin's vocals expounding on the 21st-century police tactic for rousting inner city residents. "Geronimo's Free" extends a ska riff with echoing horn blasts and a danceable beat. Sirota unleashes his party band here with an infectious and mighty sound. Rapper Diverse summons dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, aka LKJ with his rap on "Saro- Wiwa." "The Struggle" continues with Sirota's passion for social justice through music, singing "Don't give up the struggle, unite." Indeed.
Track Listing: Scientific Strut; House On The Rock; Jackie-Me-Too!; Stop And Frisk
(The New Jim Crow); Killa Dilla; This Is A Takeover; Saro-Wiwa; Yanira;
Give A Little Love; Tubby; The Struggle; Geronimo’s Free; Baltimore;
Personnel: Ted Sirota: drums; Matt Ferguson: bass; Chris Paqutte: percussion;
Dave Miller: guitar; Andrew Trim: guitar; Mike Dangeroux: guitar (4,
8, 11); Tom Vaitsas-keyboards: organ; Cameron Pfiffner-: tenor
saxophone; Matthew Davis: trombone; Marquis Hill: trumpet; Yanira
Marin: vocals (2); Paul Mabin: vocals & vocal background arrangements
(4, 8, 11); Chaka B-: vocals (8); Diverse-: vocals (7).
Year Released: 2013
| Record Label: Liberated Zone Records
| Style: Modern Jazz
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.