Album review
Spahni's Dub Dancers
28 - 09 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Dub Wayne
  2. Cabatterista
  3. Camelskank
  4. He Did Indeed, Didn't He?
  5. Bad Hand
  6. My Oh My
  7. Ital Food
  8. Last Circus Parade
  9. He Did Indeed, Didn't He? (Dub Indeed)
  10. Bad Hand (50Hz Hum Dub)
  11. Dub Wayne (Western Dub)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Lead Instruments : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4

This album, although already released in 2000, has only days ago been brought to my attention at German (Münster) recordstore Irie Records, probably because of the review done on these pages of another Swiss instrumental reggae album, the Restless Mashaits' "Kingston Sessions". And "Cabatterista" is a nice companion to that. A project around Swiss Daniel Spahni, who has been drumming in The Mad Lighters, who released an album "Play On Mr. Music" in 1991 featuring trombone-legend Rico Rodriguez and "Shine" that was mixed by the Mad Professor. He also played a few years in the 'musical comedy act' The Flying Tidburys doing street performances in eight European countries. The Tidburys return the favour here, Nick (on trumpet and flugel horn) and Allan (on trombone) Tidbury are half of the excellent horns featured, with Fred Lette on tenor sax and Sebastian Piekarek on alto & bariton sax being the other two. Featuring all self-penned songs, with Daniel Spahni contributing to each selection and Dub Dancers' bass player Greg Arbogast to 7 of the 11 tunes with guest guitarist Pier-Luigi Pisino joining them as composer for "Ital Food", this album can best be compared to other albums featuring Daniel Spahni. He was involved in the "Peeni Walli" albums where Swiss producer Fizze (who recorded and mixed "Cabattarista" at his Mensch Records) brought together artists like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Rico Rodriguez, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and members of the Dennis Bovell Dub Band. This has all led to Daniel Spahni being the drummer since 2001 on tour with Linton Kwesi Johnson, and playing on LKJ's 1998 "More Time" album. Upcoming is a date on February 26th in Germany with another band Daniel Spahni is involved in the backing band White Belly Rats, who will be supporting Lee 'Scratch' Perry, also one of the featured artists on White Belly Rats' upcoming album "Panic In Babylon" and the first single of that "Fight To The Finish". Anyone familiar with the famous Rico Rodriguez album "Man From Wareika", the Restless Mashaits' "Kingston Sessions" or Linton Kwesi Johnson's "More Time" and "LKJ in Dub Volume 3" or the albums of Fizze's "Peeni Walli" series will be able to understand how sweet the Dub Dancers' instrumental reggae grooves, tight riddims with inventive percussion, nice rocksteady guitars, flutes and above all with fat hornriffs on top sound. To check it out for yourself, you should click yourself to Daniel Spahni's website to listen into a few tunes. I will be searching from now on for the album "Sunny Spot" that is the 2003/2004 follow up of this album "Cabattarista". This self-distributed album is surely worth a listen if you love any of the albums mentioned above.