The Cypriot Dubophonic Records have just re-released an instrumental album that was supposed to be released in the early 2000s by the now defunct Springline Records: Stefanosis meets Samson Benji: "Brass echo chamber". The online release had already failed then and so the album was forgotten. The lost original recordings on a CD have been in the shadows for many years until they have now been rediscovered. The American Stefanosis aka Steve Steppa once single-handedly recorded all the instruments for this low-fi production. Then Samson Benji - a musician from Freiburg i. Br. - the recordings to superimpose the saxophone passages. The whole package then went to Gibsy Rhodes from Corsica, the man behind Springline Records. After adding a few effects and nice samples, he mastered the whole thing for the final album. Now Stefanosis has taken on the recovered music files, thoroughly revised them and raised some audio levels with the help of modern technology. Almost twenty years after its actual release, the “Brass Echo Chamber” shines in a new light, polished and cleaned.
Still, the only 25 minutes long album can't really convince me. It has a weak point that almost all “saxophone reggae albums” have: It sounds a little too good, too conservative. The brevity of the album even has something positive here, it makes the opus audible in one go, without getting bored. With the first track "Brass Down Babiwrong", a remake of the traditional "Rastaman Chant", we get the flying cymbals on our ears in typical Bunny Lee / King Tubby manner. The classic tubby sound runs like a red thread through (almost) all recordings. On Dub-Fireworks or at least some exciting ones, dubBut we don't really get good sound effects here. The seven tracks sound more like “dug up”, slightly dusty Bunny Lee / King Tubby meets Tommy McCook recordings. For me, “Brass Echo Chamber” is a rock solid, unspectacular album with some very interesting passages, no more but no less either.