Published May 22, 2007Nublu is both a label and a club in Alphabet City, in the heart of Manhattan, whose mandate is to explore cosmopolitan musical mash-ups in the big Apple. Love Trio in Dub is yet another project by Nublu main man Ilhan Ersahin and is the best of the lot. Despite expectations raised by the name, and the participation of foundation deejay U Roy, this is a wildly experimental album that remains true to the dub ethos. Mind you, U Roy has reinvented himself several times in the last 35 years, and this is just another new challenge. The waltz time skank of "Rock The Rhythm finds him with the same vocal strength hes always had, easily able to navigate an untraditional riddim. Despite the jazz credentials of the band members, nobody gets carried away trying to do too much with the music. The trio explore reference points from Egyptian strings to Black Ark-ish keys to complement the rock solid yet unusual dub grooves. By midpoint, Ersahin lays down an expansive dub suite with re-sampled band ingredients, and Montreals Deadbeat also contribute a fine dance hall-ish mix to bring even more life to this party.
How did U Roy get involved with this project?
Ilhan Ersahin (saxophone/keyboards): Ive been listening to U Roy since I was 14. For some reason it was one of the first records I bought by myself when I was still in Sweden. One day while playing with Love Trio I said, "man, lets find U-Roy. Then, strangely enough, Jesse Murphy, our bass player, said, "my mother has a friend who knows him. Five minutes later we had his number.
Do you find that jazz chops and dub sensibilities coexist better than they used to?
Well, jazz chops are a very interesting thing: they can be the worst if you dont know how to use them right. Dub is a lifestyle, its a way of thinking and its free and loose, just as some jazz can be not all jazz but the good side of jazz. I think all Nublu records have this in one way or another. With some Nublu bands you dont hear the standard jazz sounds anywhere but one hears, at times, the complexity of counterpoints and just real strong musicianship and ideas. I think for us, it is a normal thing we live in the East Village! (Nublu)