Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

147

DJ Spooky with Mad Professor: Dubtometry

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Did you catch that sample of Chef from Apocalypse Now in the remix of DJ Spooky’s Optometry ? Not Dennis Hopper or Marlon Brando, but the crazed boatmen who transport Martin Sheen up the river and into the heart of darkness are sampled here.

There have to be cosmic implications for quoting Apocalypse Now, or perhaps Apocalypse Now Redux.

Since Peter Gordon’s Thirsty Ear label and its producer Matthew Shipp are melding hip hop culture and jazz, a remix project such as Dubtometry makes a natural next step.

But let’s back up. Shipp invited DJ Spooky to produce Optometry, an album of scratches and samples together with a cast of stellar jazz musicians. To many listeners, it was both one of the best recordings of 2002 and closest jazz has ever integrated with hip-hop.

Where in 1963 a great concept would have musicians playing covers of favorite tracks, 2003 finds DJs and sound artists remixing tracks, changing beats, adding samples, and scratching over favorite breaks.

Dubtometry spins many different forms and messages, all seemingly revolving around the recognizable voice of Lee “Scratch” Perry. There is the sleepy echoed dub of Twilight Circus, chillin’ flute and hand drumming echoes from Blend, and Colorform’s dancehouse beats. Negativland curbs Snuggles and U2 for cut-up spoken words. The different approaches maintain pieces and parts of the original music, Joe McPhee’s trumpet and Carl Hancock Rux’s violin can be found.

Fans of the amazing Optometry will catch the original recipe that is morphed into these treats. Is this as good as the original? No, because DJ Spooky’s whole concept is divided into multiple approaches and ideas. Perhaps there should have been a dozen remix projects for a dozen whole concepts.

Track Listing: Dub Remix; Ibid vs. The Mohican; Optometry Remix; Jungle Soldier; Variation Cybernetique Remix; Parachutes Instrumental; Absentia Absentia intro.; Variation Cybernetique Remix; Interlude; Sequentia Absentia Remix; Rosemary intro.; Optometry Remix; Interlude; Dementia Absentia Remix; Remix; Asphalt Remix; Optometry Remix.

Personnel: DJ Spooky

Title: Dubtometry | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Read more articles
The Secret Song

The Secret Song

Thirsty Ear Recordings
2010

buy
 

The Secret Song

Wondercap Records
2009

buy
 

Afrique Universelle -...

Wondercap Records
2007

buy
Drums of Death

Drums of Death

Thirsty Ear Recordings
2005

buy
Celestial Mechanix

Celestial Mechanix

Thirsty Ear Recordings
2004

buy
Dubtometry

Dubtometry

Thirsty Ear Recordings
2003

buy

Related Articles

Read When Will The Blues Leave Album Reviews
When Will The Blues Leave
By Karl Ackermann
May 22, 2019
Read Crowded Heart Album Reviews
Crowded Heart
By Dan Bilawsky
May 22, 2019
Read Infinite Itinerant Album Reviews
Infinite Itinerant
By Geno Thackara
May 22, 2019
Read Pulcino Album Reviews
Pulcino
By Nicholas F. Mondello
May 22, 2019
Read Hastings Jazz Collective/Shadow Dances Album Reviews
Hastings Jazz Collective/Shadow Dances
By Dan McClenaghan
May 21, 2019
Read That's a Computer Album Reviews
That's a Computer
By Jerome Wilson
May 21, 2019
Read All I Do Is Bleed Album Reviews
All I Do Is Bleed
By Paul Naser
May 21, 2019