Ethiopiques, Vol. 14: Negus of Ethiopian Sax

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The Ethiopiques series of world music keeps slowly widening its arc, and this time around it's come up with some very interesting vintage circa 1972 material. Ethiopiques, Vol. 14: Negus of Ethiopian Sax features Getatchew Mekurya, a sax player whose inspiration comes from traditional warrior music: the kind meant to whip soldiers into a frenzy before battle. And frenzied his playing truly is, with several shades of free jazz at its most abandoned which, curiously, he claims never to have heard. It's wild stuff -- but wild only on the sax. The band behind him exists strictly for melodic and rhythmic function. While they perform admirably, they add little to the music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The Ethiopiques series of world music keeps slowly widening its arc, and this time around it's come up with some very interesting vintage circa 1972 material. Ethiopiques, Vol. 14: Negus of Ethiopian Sax features Getatchew Mekurya, a sax player whose inspiration comes from traditional warrior music: the kind meant to whip soldiers into a frenzy before battle. And frenzied his playing truly is, with several shades of free jazz at its most abandoned which, curiously, he claims never to have heard. It's wild stuff -- but wild only on the sax. The band behind him exists strictly for melodic and rhythmic function. While they perform admirably, they add little to the music itself, while the sax takes off on weird and wonderful paths. It's stirring, and demands a lot of a Western listener unfamiliar with the tradition. But it's perhaps best ingested in small doses. And while it's interesting, certainly, it's not on a par with the rest of the series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Buda Musique
  • UPC: 723724563926
  • Catalog Number: 82256
  • Sales rank: 76,791

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yègènèt Muziqa (4:33)
  2. 2 Shellèla (5:12)
  3. 3 Aha Gèdawo (4:50)
  4. 4 Antchi Hoyé (3:51)
  5. 5 Ambassèl (5:44)
  6. 6 Almaz Yèharèwa (3:49)
  7. 7 Yèné Hassab Gwadègna (5:35)
  8. 8 Shèmonmwanayé (3:25)
  9. 9 Gofèré/Antchi Hoyé (7:09)
  10. 10 Aynotché Tèrabu (4:36)
  11. 11 Akalé Wubé (4:11)
  12. 12 Tezeta (4:42)
  13. 13 Gèdamay (3:51)
  14. 14 Muziqa Heywèté (3:10)
  15. 15 Shellèla Bèsaxophone (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Getatchew Mekurya Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Alemayehu Eshete Bass
Gétatchèw Dègèfu Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Eshètu Haylé Drums
Mèkonnen Mèrsha Trumpet
Bogalè Wèldè Hanna Maracas, Saxophone
Amha Eshete Bass
Technical Credits
Francis Falceto Liner Notes
Karen Albrecht translation
Jack Garnier Graphic Design
Traditional Composer
Getatchew Mekurya Arranger
Maurice Lachin Liner Notes
Dimitry Weliachew Liner Notes
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