Dub of the Passover

Dub of the Passover

by Bill Laswell


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Dub of the Passover

Ever since his Adonai & I project in 2001, former John Brown's Body bassist David "Solid" Gould has been building musical bridges between Jewish and Jamaican musical traditions, and (not incidentally) between Jewish and Rastafarian traditions of worship. The latest installment in this project is Feast of the Passover, a collection of songs traditionally sung as part of the Passover seder delivered in a variety of reggae and ska styles. Like Adonai & I, Feast of the Passover (whose title is almost certainly intended as a subtle shout-out to the great and nearly forgotten reggae band the Congos) is simultaneously groovy, adventurous, and touchingly devotional, its rhythms pushed along by Gould's perfectly structured basslines. Dub of the Passover finds him joining forces with fellow bass expert (and legendary producer) Bill Laswell to create a dub version of the original album, with equally impressive results. "Divine Dub" features nyabinghi-flavored drums overlaid with a dreamy horn chart in the context of an unusually laid-back groove; "Dub of Affliction" brings in a contrastingly militant steppers beat, while "Dub Is Mighty" is sweetly pretty, with its one-drop beat and shredded wisps of vocals by Leonard Dillon (of the Ethiopians). "Goat's Dub" offers a polite recasting of the original album's most quietly cheerful track, its bleating dubwise goats recalling the lowing of the Black Ark cow. Gould's approach to polycultural reggae continues to offer new insight on old musical traditions, and frequently touches emotional and spiritual nerves that one might not expect to find exposed in the context of reggae music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2011
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397815921
catalogNumber: 8159
Rank: 173303

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Laswell   Primary Artist
Leonard Dillon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Brian Thomas   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Yuri Yunakov   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
William McKenna   Guitar
Adam Gold   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gilmore Grant   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jared Sims   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
David Gould   Percussion,Electric Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass,Nyabinghi Drums
Keith "Sleepy" Coley   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tommy Benedetti   Drums,Guest Appearance
Craig Akira Fujita   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mark Wienand   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Petronzio   Organ,Clavinet
Ryan Zawel   Trombone
Nate Silas Richardson   Guitar,Piano,Guest Appearance
JP Nawn   Nyabinghi Drums
Elisa Sciscioli   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Basil Punsalan   Nyabinghi Drums,Guest Appearance
Steve Digrigorio   Synthesizer,Guest Appearance
Lisa Gould   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mike Keenan   Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance
Robert Salvato   Jaw Harp,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Bill Laswell   translation
Leonard Dillon   Composer
David Kingsley   overdub engineer
Robert Musso   Engineer
John Zorn   Executive Producer
David Gould   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Ryan Zawel   Horn Arrangements
Nate Silas Richardson   overdub engineer
Josh Driscoll   Engineer
3-Ple-S   Vocal Engineer
Ryan B. Curtis   Cover Art

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