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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dub Colossus: Dub Colossus: Addis To Omega

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If you're a sucker for BIG horn sections, or something like the sounds of UB40 and Groove Armada, still have a 'lickle ting' for Bob Marley and Finley Quaye records and your Pops obsession with Two-Tone (as do we all surely), then you're probably going to like Addis to Omega from Dub Colossus produced by Dubulah aka Nick Page. An album of skatalitic reggae dub delights, all sepia tinged in Studio One nostalgia with some heavy nods to Ethio jazz. ...

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Colossus: Colossus

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Colossus is the name of the album and the band, a seventeen- piece ensemble formed in 2012, comprised of present and former students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and co-led by trumpeter Dave Chisholm, trombonist Mike Conrad and saxophonist Levi Saelua. While the music is decidedly contemporary, its essential components--melody, harmony, rhythm, improvisation--are the same as those that have defined jazz from its inception. In other words, it is modern with almost none of the sometimes ...

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Dub Colossus: Addis Through The Looking Glass

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Dub ColossusAddis Through The Looking GlassReal World2011 Modern Ethiopian recordings were largely unknown abroad until 1997, when France's Buda Musique label launched its Ethiopiques CD series. The reason had nothing to do with the music, which was wondrous and varied and splendidly distinctive, and everything to do with the Dergue, the military junta which ruled Ethiopia from the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 until its own downfall in 1987. ...