The Beat - V.15 #4 1996, p.14
"...easily the best Wailers album since Bob Marley's passing. It's not just the songs--although complex structures and well-crafted tunes abound--but that Wailers groove that tells you from the first timbale fill this is band that can continue to take reggae to new heights."
The Wailers Band: Junior Marvin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming); Earl "Wia" Lindo (organ); Aston Barrett (keyboards, bass, programming); Tyrone Downie, Martin Batista (keyboards); Alvin "Secco" Patterson (percussion)
Additional personnel includes: Marcia Griffiths (background vocals); Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Cat Coore.
Personnel: Junior Marvin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, keyboard bass, drum programming); Derrick Lara (vocals, background vocals); Steven "Cat" Coore (guitar, cello, background vocals); Chris Beck (alto saxophone); Glen DaCosta (tenor saxophone); David Madden (trumpet); Earl Lindo (organ); Aston Barrett (keyboards, bass guitar, drum programming); Martin Batista, Tyrone Downie (keyboards); Christopher Sky Juice Burth, Alvin Patterson, Christopher "Sky Juice", Irvin Jarrett (percussion); Sly Dunbar (drum programming); Bonnie Bowers, Carlton Smith, Adelin Campbell, Marcia Griffiths (background vocals).
Though better-known as Bob Marley's backing band, the Wailers Band has recorded and toured nonstop since his untimely death, and remains one of the most talented roots reggae bands around. Bandleader Junior Marvin has also established himself as a solo artist, but the names of bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, organist Earl "Wia" Lindo, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, and percussionist Alvin "Secco" Patterson should be equally familiar to reggae fans for their session work with legends like Burning Spear. On Jah Message, songs like "Where Is Love" and "Know Thyself" spread the positive vibrations roots reggae fans love, with a subtle undercurrent of psychedelic dub influence that gives it a more modern feel. They may be one of the Jamaican music scene's best backing bands, but Jah Message proves that the Wailers Band can also stand tall on its own. ~ Bret Love