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Rubber Orchestras

Anthony Joseph Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Sa*****
  • ASIN: B0057Q802W
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Third album from poet and musician Anthony Joseph is produced by Malcolm Catto (The Heliocentrics) and featuring Jerry Dammers of The Specials - a mesmerising mix of funk, jazz, rock, Afrobeat, soca topped by Joseph’s distinctive vocal delivery. Musically, ‘Rubber Orchestras’ is rockier and more melodic than previous albums, the title also referring to the range of different atmospheres and grooves present on the album, on which new Cuban rhythms give a more ‘calypso rock’ overlay to the ‘Afrobeat/funk’ base. The decision to use producer Malcolm Catto came about through a mutual love of 70s music and Catto’s extensive knowledge of analogue sound. Several members of Catto’s band The Heliocentrics appear on the album, as well as Catto himself on percussion, plus Shabaka Hutchings on clarinets and trumpeter Robin Hopcraft. There are also the deep, warm vocals of singer Jasnett Lindo that underscore this new, more melodic direction. Last but not least, Jerry Dammers (with whom Anthony Joseph has been playing for years in The Spatial AKA), has also come to the banquet. The legendary founder of The Specials, took to the controls to arrange and enhance a visionary and revolutionary poem, the iconic suite called ‘Generations’. A stand out track on the album, the lyrics talk about Joseph’s relationship to his homeland and its history through his ancestors. They struck a chord with Dammers and his beautifully sparse arrangement with understated vocals marries perfectly with Joseph’s words. Anthony Joseph’s new book, also entitled ‘Rubber Orchestras’, will be published on 15 November by Salt Publishing.


(4 stars) Jazz poetry, with added Jerry Dammers...producer Malcolm Catto orchestrates complex rhythms, adding Cuban friskiness to sinewy jazz funk. -- Uncut, (Alastair McKay), November 2011

(4 stars) Joseph's powerful, erudite and articulate wordplay constantly weaving narrative threads through each deadly of real spirit and soul. -- Bass Guitar Magazine, (Mike Flynn), November 2011

(4 stars) Mesmeric sounds...hypnotic rhythms...a set of incredibly strong liberation songs. -- MOJO, (Lois Wilson), January 2012

(4 stars) Rubber Orchestras is a stunning piece of work...Part Scott-Heron, part Lord Kitchener, Joseph has come into his own. -- Jazzwise, (Jane Cornwell), December 2011 / January 2012

Audacious mélange of street verse, funk and jazz..the music - brassy and uncompromising - holds you transfixed. -- The Sunday Times, (Clive Davis), October 9 2011

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great funk poet 11 Oct 2011
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AJ is a great street poet, following on the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson in the reggae field. John Cooper Clark in punk etc. Superb loose, but perfect backing from his band. A modern day classic, but harking back to the great 70's heyday of funk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing i've heard this year!! 24 Mar 2012
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Think of We Are The Black Gold of The Sun - add a lot of Fela, Doug Carne and some Mighty Sparrow - get it yet? - great sounds for the summer!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 11 May 2013
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This is a most amazing collection of songs, the most recent full album, by these guys; and his music is refreshing! Similar to Gil Scott of the 70s, the way he speaks and raps over the jazz of the others' instruments. Wonderfully incorporated elements from the poet Trinidadian.
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