Ethiopiques, Vol. 14: Negus of Ethiopian Sax

Ethiopiques, Vol. 14: Negus of Ethiopian Sax

by Getatchew Mekurya
     
 

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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 traditionalSee more details below

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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:
05/06/2003
Label:
Buda Musique
UPC:
0723724563926
catalogNumber:
82256
Rank:
77325

Tracks

  1. Yègènèt Muziqa  - Getatchew Mekurya
  2. Shellèla  - Getatchew Mekurya
  3. Aha Gèdawo  - Getatchew Mekurya
  4. Antchi Hoyé  - Getatchew Mekurya
  5. Ambassèl  - Getatchew Mekurya
  6. Almaz Yèharèwa  - Getatchew Mekurya
  7. Yèné Hassab Gwadègna  - Getatchew Mekurya
  8. Shèmonmwanayé  - Getatchew Mekurya
  9. Gofèré/Antchi Hoyé  - Getatchew Mekurya
  10. Aynotché Tèrabu  - Getatchew Mekurya
  11. Akalé Wubé  - Getatchew Mekurya
  12. Tezeta  - Getatchew Mekurya
  13. Gèdamay  - Getatchew Mekurya
  14. Muziqa Heywèté  - Getatchew Mekurya
  15. Shellèla Bèsaxophone  - Getatchew Mekurya

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