Dub Trio: Cool Out and Coexist 

Dub Trio is better known for their session and live work for other artists such as G-Unit, the Fugees, Mobb Deep and Mike Patton, but their third album, Cool Out and Coexist, is a testament to the talent of this band. It was recorded live in Brooklyn. In fact, the credits in the album sleeve read: "all sounds on this record were performed live (no overdubs) by Dub Trio." And no more true a test of musicianship exists than a live recording. There isn't a lick of singing, not even a spoken word, throughout the entire disc, but never once did I wish for vocals. The instrumental work of this extremely talented band speaks (sings) volumes. The album starts out with a healthy dose of guitar feedback and the unfamiliar listener might be unsure of what is to come next, but should know that it will inevitably rock. And rock it does. But it's not Dub Trio's ability to rock, impressive as it may be, that is really intriguing. It's their ability to stop dynamically on a dime. There are moments on this record that are so heavy that I can imagine all three members freaking out onstage, only to simultaneously change the vibe, usually, to a dub/ska groove with the utmost precision, probably dropping the volume by at least 100 decibels. My favorite song, "Casting out the Nines," is a slow, electro-dub build that ends up in a wash of subtle intensity, exemplifying the fullness of sound that somehow comes from only three musicians. Dub Trio is truly an amazing band with an impressive resume.

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