400 Years (Sip A Cup Showcase Vol. 3)
Matic Horns
Sip A Cup
August 4, 2008

Track list
Side 1
  1. 400 Years
  2. 400 Years Of Dub
  3. Sabayindah
  4. Dub Of Saba
Side 2
  1. Call Of El Shadday
  2. El Shadday Dub
  3. Satta Amassa Gana
  4. Satta Dub
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It has taken some two years, but now London based Reggae and Dub producer Gussie "P" Prenton has finally released the (vinyl only) album of Henry "Buttons" Tenyue entitled "400 Years" as part of a new series of so-called 'Showcase' albums, which furthermore features sets from Twinkle Brothers, Earl 16, Danny Red and Robbie Valentine. Internationally known as Matic Horns, Henry "Buttons" is an accomplished and highly sought after session musician whose distinctive trombone sound can be heard on many roots and dub works produced by UK producers such as Ruff Cutt, Stingray, and Mafia & Fluxy and the aforementioned Gussie P.

It's difficult to master the trombone as a solo instrument, but throughout the years -- while working with artists such as Aswad, Maxi Priest, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, The Mighty Diamonds, Misty in Roots, Marcia Griffiths, Mikey Dread, Frankie Paul, Lloyd Brown, Ken Boothe, Levi Roots, Sugar Minott, John Holt, Horace Andy, Luciano, Michael Prophet, Earl 16, in fact, the vast majority of Reggae artists -- Henry Buttons has shown that he, just like reggae illuminaries as the great Don Drummond and Vin Gordon aka Don Drummond Jr., is truly a genius of the instrument.

Over the years Gussie P, who knows Henry Buttons from his early childhood, has released quite a few -- often hard-to-get -- 7", 10" and 12" singles and compilation sets which featured tracks from Matic Horns. But now Henry Buttons' mastery can be heard on this long-awaited "400 Years" album, on which he blows hard across some of Gussie P's tuffest Steppers and One-Drop riddims, laid by Mafia & Fluxy, Marley, Chris Lane, and Gussie P himself. Each roots instrumental and its dub version is given the Gussie P treatment, i.e. expertly mixed hard edged roots tracks, with on top Henry Buttons' beautiful trombone playing. As each track has its own merit, it's almost impossible to point out standouts. So lets just mention our personal favourites, which are "400 Years Of Dub", "Sabayindah" and "Call Of El Shadday". In the latter one can hear Henry Buttons blow the first (lyrical) lines of Van Morrison's "Moondance". All in all an album which is worth of hearing from beginning to end... and then... pull up and come again!!

If you're lucky to come across this Matic Horns album don't hesitate to grab it, because it might be your only chance to purchase this marvellous collection.