Dubmatix on bass, Bill King – piano, Pablo Paul – drums, Selena Evangeline – vocals and guitars, Chris Butcher – trombone, Bobby Shu – sax, Papiosco – percussion
The Rhythm Express is a diverse reggae/Ska, soul band made up of artists all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
Bill and Jesse (Dubmatix) King produced the recording at Inception Sound with the incomparable engineer Michael Haas. Both Kings are award winning producers and artists and have a long history in roots music. Bill King is pianist and organist in the Express.
Bill King and drummer Everton ‘Pablo’ Paul were part of the early seventies introduction of reggae to crossover audiences in Toronto as the house band at the El Mocambo night club. Everton Paul would be a centerpiece in the mid 2000’s revival of the music with his band Jamaica to Toronto. Paul is considered one of the finest roots drummers on the planet.
Jesse ‘Dubmatix’ King is a 2010 Juno Award winner and four time nominee who has produced numerous recordings, movie soundtracks, loops; and a most sought after musician. King is bassist in the Express.
Vocalist Selena Evangeline is a seasoned performer who has been honing her skills with her own band and sought after for her soaring vocals and superb guitar work
Vocalist Gavin Hope is riding high on his solo debut ‘For All We Know, and long list of performances with the Nylons and symphonies.
Percussionist Jorge Luis ‘Papiosco’Torres is considered one of the finest musicians to land in Canada from his native Cuba. He’s heard with his own group ‘Iroko Project’ Jane Bunnett band and Hilario Duran Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Trombonist Christopher Butcher is a founding/current member of The Heavyweights Brass Band – Jamaica to Toronto. Alto saxophonist Bobby Hsu is a recording artist on his own and a member of Jamaica to Toronto.
The Rhythm Express came together to celebrate the power, connection and influence reggae/ska have had on Toronto’s music community the past forty years at the 25th edition of the Beaches International Jazz Festival July, summer 2013. The occasion was so uplifting and rewarding to the band the studio session that produced ‘Black Women’ was inevitable.
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