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Genre pick of the week Cover of Studio One Dub Fire Special by Various Artists.

Various Artists

Studio One Dub Fire Special

Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ brings together 18 heavyweight dub cuts, all recorded at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

Featuring a stellar selection of dub cuts to classic and foundation songs recorded at Studio One with music from the legendary in-house bands - The Sound Dimension, New Establishment, Soul Defenders and Brentford All-Stars, featuring the likes of reggae’s finest musicians - Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric Brooks, Freddie McGregor and more.

These fresh dub sounds employed the mighty mixing desk skills of The Dub Specialist aka Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, Sylvan Morris and Scientist to full effect.

‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ features the latest chapter of raw, stripped-down bass and drum sounds direct from Studio One, ‘The University Of Reggae’.

Released as CD with slipcase or heavyweight double vinyl with free download code.


Includes MP3 Download Code.

Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, a graduate of the golden musical college of Alpha Boys School, is renowned worldwide as a master trombonist. Shortly after leaving school, he became a member of the famed Eric Dean's band, playing alongside Ernest Ranglin, Tommy McCook, Lloyd Brevett & Lloyd Knibbs amongst others. He was soon joined by Don Drummond, to whom, this album is dedicated. Ironically, the album also stands as a tribute to Rico, who also passed away in the autumn of 2015.

However, in the early 1960's Rico decided to leave Jamaica and emigrated to London. His instrumental virtuosity eventually gained him many sessions and gigs, most notably with R&B combo Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames. In later years he featured as a member / player of the Specials and also with Jool's Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

This re-issue finds Rico back in 1969 with the opportunity to blow over contemporary Jamaican rhythms from legendary producer Bunny "Striker" Lee. Early in that year news arrived from Jamaica of Don Drummond's passing. Bunny and Rico learned of this and immediately decided to record a tribute album to this world renowned trombonist. The album's rhythms emanate from the Bunny Lee All Stars, with the trombone overdubs and the vocal interjections by Gene Rondo (aka Winston Laro), laid at TM0 Studios, London, in mid 1969. The album was completed in 4 hours, which is a testimonial to the trombone skills of Rico!

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