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Dragonfly Taxi

by Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

This record falls in line with Reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising by helping to carry the soul of alternative global thinking with love. The Liquid Revolution: It seeps into everything.
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1. Must Be Free
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2. Drop the Line (World Revolution)
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3. Gpi
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4. The Material Shuffle
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5. Less Is Best
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6. Dub Jumper
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7. 4 Day Work Week
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8. Izza Killa
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9. Becycle
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10. Again and Again (Radio Edit)
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11. Trickle Down
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12. War
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13. Marriage of $ and Poltics
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14. Sure
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15. Dragonfly Taxi
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16. Mother Earth Speaks
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17. Nag Champa
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18. Tax Breaks
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19. Liquid Shiva
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20. Again and Again (Album Edit)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
....SCREAMING at the corporate naming of public spaces, asking what it will take to be truly free, praising the visionary progressive authors and musicians of today and yesterday, turning corporate slogans up side down, speaking of higher commitments inspired by the Bhagavad Gita, culture jamming mainstream advertising and professing deep love.

This is Matt Jenson's DRAGONFLY TAXI album.

Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful band built on a rock-solid-reggae-GROOVE foundation. Occupying the first few floors of their unique and inspired house are tight vocal harmonies and blues-rock soloing. The Liquid Revolution falls in line with Reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising by helping to carry the soul of alternative global thinking in this era of climate change and extreme economic injustice. Matt’s poetically insightful songs strike at the heart of these issues while offering hope for a bright future. In addition, tunes about joyful expressions of love, spirituality and the lessons to be learned from simple stories of every day life are powerfully supported by the top-level and inspired musicians in the band.

The Liquid Revolution: It seeps into everything.

1) MUST BE FREE: Livicated to Bob Marley and the Wailers, with obvious inspiration from Marley's "Rebel Music," this tune asks what it means to be free in this era of increasing economic slavery.
2) DROP THE LINE (World Revolution): A spoken-word polemic about the for-profit-only system, environmental irresponsibility and a transition to something much better, set to a driving reggae riddim. Current and past progressive writers and musicians are invoked at the climax of the tune. Spoken word by Bob Marley archivist and reggae historian Roger Steffens.
3) GPI: Genuine Progress Indicator. The world will have to switch to this global health metric if we are to survive.
4) THE MATERIAL SHUFFLE: Doesn’t the title say it all? A song about the materialistic rat race we’re running, poignantly expressed with corporate slogans as lyrics.
5) LESS IS BEST: What a future ad campaign might look like when we realize MORE IS KILLING US.
6) DUB JUMPER: A down tempo reggae instrumental.
7) 4 DAY WORK WEEK: A communication from the emergency broadcast system.
8) IZZA KILLA: A song of warning about how some relationships can turn out.
9) BECYCLE: An ad for a futuristic company that goes completely against our current model of expansion and profit-at-all-costs in favor of….UP-CYCLING.
10) AGAIN AND AGAIN (radio edit): A song about how a deep and higher love came into existence. Pure happiness!
11) TRICKLE DOWN: The truth about trickle down economics.
12) WAR (by Bob Marley): A fresh interpretation of this Marley classic.
13) MARRIAGE OF $ AND POLITICS: …brought to you by Citizens United. It’s time for a divorce!
14) SURE: A nayabinghi-based rap tune slamming the practice of the corporate naming public spaces, and holding court on a slew of social disgraces.
15) DRAGONFLY TAXI: Inspired by the Jimi Hendrix song, “Spanish Castle Magic”, this spoken word jam wonders what happened to the dragonfly that took him to the Spanish Castle back in 1967. As man-kind has developed, she’s been hiding, knowing all too well that in the end, she will prevail.
16) MOTHER EARTH SPEAKS: These days she’s not doing too well, and wants you to know that she holds ALL the answers, if only we’d just listen!
17) NAG CHAMPA: A reggae – rock instrumental sprinkled with a bit of Tibetan incense.
18) TAX BREAKS: Another ad we might see in the near future once we start taking saving the environment seriously. Buy local. “I love the IRS!!”
19) LIQUID SHIVA: Drawing inspiration directly from the pages of the Bhagavad Gita, this tune leaves you basking in the enlightened sonic vibration that only a great reggae feel can give.
20) AGAIN AND AGAIN (album edit): An extra long loving version!



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Stephen Davis, author of Bob Marley: Conquering Lion of Reggae.

Dragonfly Taxi: 21st Century REAL Cconscious Reggae!
Taking righteous inspiration from the insistent, even hectoring, political reggae of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Matt Jenson and The Liquid Revolution are not afraid to tell you how to think as they lay on an intense cycle of conscious party jams. Dragonfly Taxi is one step forward for politically engaged reggae in the 21st century.

Anthony Postman, Reggae Festival Guide Magazine, Editor-in-Chief

A Penetrating Reggae Album: from the deeply political to the deeply heartical
Some have predicted that the end of the Mayan Calendar would not harken a disastrous end to the world as we know it, but that instead would herald a new time for human consciousness, a reawakening of humanity and our collective spirit, the true dawning of The Age of Aquarius. At a time where compassion towards one another, and for our shared Mother Earth is so desperately needed, Dragonfly Taxi, from Matt Jenson and The Liquid Revolution, closely echoes what a New Dawn may sound like; a soundtrack and a call to raise our conscious-ness to a world that could be. Hewn from the spirit of 2011-2012’s Occupy movements, Dragonfly Taxi voices discontent at the current state of affairs, while also way-finding a road we could trod leaving Babylon. And so-inspired, the revolutionary spirit on Dragonfly Taxi is alive and well.

While Matt Jenson’s largely instrumental previous solo release One Drops, Spirituals and Riddim featured him on lead vocals, Dragonfly Taxi sees his role as a writer, vocalist, and band leader, director and arranger even more firmly in place, showcasing his broad range of talent, presence and intent. As the leader of the esteemed Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble, Jenson’s skills are on display, he indeed giving the clinic on reggae music played and produced masterfully, and most importantly still: on reggae music carrying – hittin’ us with - the message.

“Must Be Free” kicks off the ride with rhythmic hits and a sound strikingly reminiscent of Bob Marley’s “Rebel Music.” Instead of the 3:00 herbal roadblock, Jenson’s own nod to reggae’s King, asks about freedom in the face of the insidious system of economic slavery. The theme continues through the tunes “Drop The Line (World Revolution),” “The Material Shuffle,” and “Sure,” which all decry the capitalist “profit-system” with various accents dealing with environment, sustainability, material gain, living in debt and on credit. Liquid Revolution’s deft cover of Marley’s “War” subtly and respectfully updates the tune, and showcases the tight playing, solid rhythm section, snappy horn lines and punchy overall arrangement that fuel the entire Dragonfly Taxi album. On the title track, Jenson and The Liquid Revolution pay homage to another musical icon, Jimi Hendrix, with a “Spanish Castle Magic” infused rocker about free thoughts and free spirits amongst the ideals of the modern-day American dream.

Spirit and Love grace the ethereal floating “Liquid Shiva,” and “Again and
Again” (perhaps the album’s sweetest drop), and give us ample musical evidence that Dragonfly Taxi travels not only roads of progressive revolutionary thought, but also on roads of the heart. Then again, perhaps Love, should we heed it to the fullest, is the greatest revolution of all. “Again and Again,” with a heartbeat reminiscent of “Waiting in Vain,” sweetness and harmonies following suit, keeps me returning for its embrace.

As if this group of songs didn’t already showcase thematic unity, the album – and Dragonfly Taxi is an album in the truest sense of the word, an embodiment of tracks creating the whole – presents a running narrative, in the form of brief interludes between the tracks, delivered with humor, irony, and gentle sarcasm that are at times laugh-out-loud funny. Some of these are rendered by reggae historian and Bob Marley specialist Roger Steffens (one of the best-known non-artist voices in all of reggae), whose tenor also lends to the spoken-word brain food served on “Drop the Line (World Revolution).” The narrative titles are telling, from “GPI [Genuine Progress Indicator],” “Less Is More” and “4 Day Work Week,” to “Marriage of $ and Politics” and “Mother Earth Speaks” (to name a few), all bolstering the overarching theme and concept of Dragonfly Taxi.

Thaddeus Hogarth and veteran reggae guitar great Tuff Lion both add guitar spice to the Dragonfly Taxi lineup. In combination with Matt Jenson’s jazz-infused key lines, Liquid Revolution horns and rhythm section, the musical result is every bit as strong as the album’s anti-capitalist stance.

In this new time, a little bit of luck, love and elbow grease may find The Liquid Revolution seeping its way, flooding into the dark corners of the Capitalist Corporatocracy, seeding and watering the change. It’s is a great start-to-finish journey, a thoughtful and provocative joyride into the heart of forward-thinking possibilities – jump aboard the Dragonfly Taxi!

Amlak Tafari - bassist with Steel Pulse

A POTENT BREW!
I LOVE THE ALBUM! This album is like traveling to a small European country, finding a small, high quality
coffee shop and ordering a small specialty coffee or espresso. It doesn't look like much but when you take a sip you realize that it's POOOOOOOOTENT! There are so many things going on; chord inversions, melodies, nuances, anecdotes and a whole bunch of upfront AND subliminal conscious utterances....this is no one day listen, trust me on that. Well done squire!

Malcom

Hits the nail on the head!
Your presentations are not only professionally superb, but your message is thought provoking inspiring and in my opinion so right on. This last one (Dragonfly Taxi) so hits the head of the nail. How can we have a system based on perpetual expansion and growth on a finite planet is beyond me. Why the right wingers can't open up to reality is beyond comprehension. Are we the next Atlantis?

Wendo

HAWT!
I can't wait to say what I want to say till the end of the end of the album so I'm going to say it now. Dude. I will
sock you in your arm when I see you again! This. Is. HAWT. MAN.
Again and Again has officially become my JAM! I seriously dig hearing some familiar jamz! YES. YES. and YES. Dragon Fly Taxi!?!?!? OOOOWWEEEEE! YEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!! Bass line is not to be toy'd with! SOLID.

Stephanie Ancona and Neal Chalek

A Defining Work
At the risk of being dramatic, Dragonfly Taxi could be the defining work of Matt Jenson's life on so many dimensions: musically, spiritually and politically. His lyrics capture the turmoil and mess that is damaging the planet and its people, but his spin gives me hope and a reason to be optimistic for something to change for the better. I think that people may be inspired to be part of making some of the change happen after listening to and absorbing Matts thoughts.

After listening to the first few tunes, we realized that this album is reggae for the world. Matt has embraced the art form created years ago by people without a voice and brought it into the bigger, current arena. It's so difficult to express reactions to music, especially the heartfelt creations of a dear friend. The risk is that our words come across as trite or just not sufficient to relay the emotions. All of what I'm writing is truly genuine, honest, and said with great respect for the incredibly powerful blend and new form Matt’s generated.

From a musical perspective, Matt’s voice and playing sounds great, the entire production is top shelf - tight. He’s gathered some incredible musicians in his fold and the positive chemistry really projects. This is inspirational music with deep impact. And, you just want to dance!!

Listening to Matt’s musical creation is a honor.
- Stephanie Ancona and Neal Chalek

Thaddeus Hogarth - professional musician

AMAZING ARTIST ALERT!!!
Check out Matt Jenson's amazing new reggae release. Great tunes, vibe and production on this. I can't stop playing this CD...it is a pleasure to find an artist of this musical caliber who actively commits his talents towards a powerful social message of positivity, love and living well on the planet..please support this effort. Buy it! You will love it! Go to his website and check out a GREAT video showing how the whole project came together and what makes Matt tick. (Yes, I am one of the two guitar players on this album so writing this review, some may think, is a conflict of interest, but seriously, I like it so much, I simply HAVE to tell you what I think!!)

John - pro musician and roots reggae lover

Reggae album of the DECADE!
I LOVE your CD. I'm not exaggerating when I say that for me, its the hippest, and all around best reggae album I've heard since the great Bob (Marley) records. Incredible arranging, humor, intelligent social consciousness, singing, vibe. It's a huge project that you took on, and you hit it out of the park!! Congrats, and it has my vote for reggae album of the decade. Not exaggerating.

Danny Mo - pro bassist!

Revolutionary Stuff
Holy Sh#&! This is some revolutionary stuff! Amazingly hip!! Jenson knows ?'s up!!! His arrangements are replete with ital nuance.... Groove is phat!! Musicians sitting in a deep pocket of soulful reggae lusciousness... I love this CD and you will too!! Check it out!!

Tuff Lion - guitarist on the recording

High Definition Message!
Bless Matt! Just want to Ifficially "thank you" and salute you for completing the vision of the Dragonfly Taxi project! I am honored to have been invited to participate in the production of this truly instant classic! Your "song-crafting" skills are surely on par with your instrumental skill level. Your talents are complete and are evident in this recording! I am hopeful that the sheer quality of the contents of this recording will be embraced for what it is; superb! I feel as if I am purposefully hearing the works appear to my ears in deliberate high definition! The mix is lacking nothing! Give thanks for the quality time you invested in making sure that the work is of a "world class" caliber in all aspects of modern music production. On behalf of the 99%'s, I give thanks for the powerful lyrical outcry of the poor and marginally disenfranchised that you share in "Must be Free!" Really, it seems that in all of humankind's struggle to exist, at some level, money becomes the apparent denominator of who/what is right or wrong, the winner or loser...Every other other living thing on earth is free from living in that dynamic except human beings. Finally, give thanks for picking Man up for a ride in the Dragonfly Taxi!
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