Joe Ferry is grammy award winning record producer, author, bassist and educator. Over the course of his 35-year career, he has produced records and played bass for numerous artists, including The Skatalites, Dr. John, The Roches, The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, SKAndalous All-Stars, Uzimon, Huey Lewis and the News, and Joey Ray. Continue reading BIG SKA BAND feat Lester Sterling of The Skatalites! 7″ vinyl / CD
THE DRASTICS return with two more MICHAEL JACKSON tunes on limited edition “Jamaican Blank” style 7″ vinyl! “THE LOVE YOU SAVE” and “REMEMBER THE TIME” never sounded better, the original MJ accapellas with new music arranged in ska/reggae style! The limited edition LP / download released in 2009 had 6 songs and took the world by storm! By popular demand, we have pressed a limited edition CD (only 250 copies) with the original 6 tunes PLUS the 2 new ones AND dubs! 10 tracks in all: “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save”, “Rock With You”, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, “Billy Jean”, “Smooth Criminal”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”,”Remember The Time”, “The Dub You Save”, “Remember The Dub”.
If you aren’t familiar with Dave’s saxophone playing history, maybe you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades? He has been a gigging/touring musician since his teenage years, playing with HEPCAT, RANCID, STUBBORN ALL-STARS, Willie Williams, Stranger Cole, Glen Brown, Glen Adams, Archie Bell, and for the last 18 years, he has been the featured soloist with NYC’s legendary Ska band, THE SLACKERS. ROCKSTEADY 7, a fourteen year old all-star collective, is the band where Dave is able to showcase his unique style of Saxophone playing with extended Jazz improvisations over Reggae-Ska rhythms. As Dave explains, “I’m a freak stylistically. I’m a southern Californian raised kid who started out playing like Jamaican saxophonists, Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook. Then I moved to New York and got into classic American saxophone like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Illinois Jacquet. Then I went on the road and started to understand the blues. I got into Howling Wolf, Tbone Walker, and Sonny Boy Williamson.” Continue reading DAVE HILLYARD & ROCKSTEADY 7 “Friends And Enemies” LP (JUMP110LP) back in print! CRAZY BALDHEAD “Boots Embraces IN DUB” LP (JUMP124LP)
DUB IS A WEAPON celebrates the 12 year mark by finally releasing their earliest work on vinyl! ! Leader DAVE HAHN has been kicking around the New York music scene for a while, playing ska with THE SLACKERS and STUBBORN ALL STARS, Afrobeat with ANTIBALAS, plus working as a dub engineer for the EASY STAR ALL-STAR’S Dub Side of the Moon tour. Did we mention DIAW was the backing band for LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY’s 2006 tour? “FROM THE VAULTS” was recorded in 2001 in the heart of Brooklyn, with a truly all-star cast that has never been duplicated to date, including VICTOR RICE, EDDIE OCAMPO, VICTOR AXELROD (aka TICKLA), Jamaican legend LARRY McDONALD (worked with MARLEY, TOSH, TAJ MAHAL, GIL-SCOTT HERON, BAD BRAINS) plus CONGO ASHANTI ROY and ROB SYMEONN on vocals. Limited edition of 400, pressed on yellow colored vinyl. Art designed by Chema Skandal.
Brooklyn’s DUB IS A WEAPON has been on the fast track over the past few years, recently becoming LEE SCRATCH PERRY’s permanent backing band. These two superpowers clashed throughout 2006 with a sold out tour of the West Coast and Canada, and were the talk of the town at this year’s SXSW. Although many fine musicians have performed within the ranks of DUB IS A WEAPON, two men have been the catalysts since day one: DAVE HAHN, a man who has traveled the world as a guitarist with Continue reading DUB AS A WEAPON – “ARMED & DANGEROUS” LP (JUMPDUB085LP) – OUT OF PRINT
2006’s Chicago Massive was perhaps a bridge too far for the Drastics, a sprawling two-CD set that, while eminently entertaining, was at times a study in excess. Waiting, in contrast, returns the group to their roots, a sharp, tight set that’s a potent reminder of the band’s power to thrill. Every number within is a fascinating aural journey, with Anthony Abbinanti‘s studio wizardry as crucial to the trip as the Continue reading THE DRASTICS “WAITING” CD (JUMP079)
THE DRASTCS have set the world a blaze with their unique style of heavy roots dub reggae, taking inspiration from past masters (King Tubby, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo) and blending in afro-beat, jazz, hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B. Formed in 2003 from the ashes of rock-steady soulsters The Zvooks, The Drastics quickly made a name for themselves with the release of their 2005 debut album “Premonition”, featuring guest vocalists and musicians from Chicago (Vandell Harris, Prince Gonzalez), Boston (Westbound Train members and Craig Continue reading THE DRASTICS “CHICAGO MASSIVE” 2xCD / 12″ EP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP076)