Increase The Peace
Matic Horns feat. Henry "Buttons" Tenyue
Coptic Lion
September 6, 2009

Matics Horns Track list
  1. Know Your Rights
  2. Mercy
  3. Roots Message
  4. Getsemini
  5. Rasta Chant
  6. Hilltop
  7. Increase The Peace
  8. Sense Out Of Nonsense
  9. Togetherness
  10. Changes
  11. Tubby’s Choice
  12. Thinking Reggae
  13. Culture Rock
  14. The Best
  15. Realisation
  16. King
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Since he started his musical career in the 1970s with top British reggae band Matumbi, Henry "Buttons" Tenyue has become an accomplished and highly sought after session musician whose incomparable trombone sound graced production works from the likes of Gussie P, Ruff Cutt, Stingray, and Mafia & Fluxy, to name only four. It's difficult to master the trombone as a solo instrument, but on records and during live performances, Henry "Buttons" has shown that he, just like reggae illuminaries as the great Don Drummond, Rico Rodriguez and Vin Gordon aka Don Drummond Jr., is truly a genius of the instrument.

Henry "Buttons" hails from South East London, where he grew up with well respected UK producer Gussie P. The latter made his own dubplates and Henry "Buttons" and his brother Patrick used to come to his little studio to blow on the tracks. In 1981 he was a member of the short-lived Out Of Darkness band that backed Sugar Minott and Levi Roots at a stage show in Brixton. This went very well and eventually paved the way for the Tenyue brothers to form their own band, Matic16, a ten piece band that also featured roots singer Levi Roots. In 1983 Matic16 broke up and theTenyue brothers went on to join British reggae group UB40 and became world famous as Matic Horns.

After his stint with UB40, Buttons worked on stage as well as in the studio with many internationally known artists including Aswad, Maxi Priest, Finley Quaye, Soul II Soul, Robert Palmer, Chrissie Hinds, Simply Red, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, The Mighty Diamonds, Marcia Griffiths, Mikey Dread, Frankie Paul, Lloyd Brown, Horace Andy, Sanchez, Culture, Luciano, Earl 16... in fact, the list of artists he has worked with is endlessly. He also performed as an artist in his own right and thrilled audiences with his powerful as well as melodic trombone sound.

In 2008 producer Gussie P finally released the long awaited and much anticipated (vinyl only) mini-album of Henry "Buttons" Tenyue aka Matic Horns entitled "400 Years (Sip A Cup Showcase Vol. 3)", which is followed by this superb 16-track cd for veteran roots singer and producer Mike Brooks. Buttons blows his trombone in great style over original riddim tracks laid in the seventies by studio bands such as the Aggrovators, the Revolutionaries, Soul Syndicate and Roots Radics for producers Bunny "Striker" Lee, Phil Pratt, Keith Hudson and Mike Brooks. Included are great classic riddims like "Declaration Of Rights" ("Know Your Rights"), "Have Some Mercy" ("Mercy"), "Mr. Chatterbox" ("Getsemini"), "I Need A Roof" ("Rasta Chant"), "Queen Of The Minstrel" ("Changes"), "Better Must Come" ("The Best"), and "Old Fashioned Way" ("Realisation"). Only one track of this collection, "Culture Rock", is a more recent recording done with Mafia & Fluxy and Steven Wright.

Any music lover, but certainly anyone who loves horns, shouldn't hesitate to purchase this amazing cd. We're sure you will be blown away. Satisfaction guaranteed!!