Ethiopiques, Vol. 20: Either/Orchestra Live in Addis

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Critics have not been kind to the current music scene in Ethiopia, where modern technology is generally seen to be sapping the regional music of its best and most distinctive characteristics without bringing any new energy or sounds to the mix. It was with a sense of despair that local producer Francis Falceto contacted the Boston-based Either/Orchestra, an adventurous ten-piece big band, and suggested that they come to Addis Ababa and record a live concert under the sponsorship of the Alliance Ethio-Française, using traditional and contemporary Ethiopian melodies as their primary source material and inviting local singers and instrumentalists to participate. This ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Critics have not been kind to the current music scene in Ethiopia, where modern technology is generally seen to be sapping the regional music of its best and most distinctive characteristics without bringing any new energy or sounds to the mix. It was with a sense of despair that local producer Francis Falceto contacted the Boston-based Either/Orchestra, an adventurous ten-piece big band, and suggested that they come to Addis Ababa and record a live concert under the sponsorship of the Alliance Ethio-Française, using traditional and contemporary Ethiopian melodies as their primary source material and inviting local singers and instrumentalists to participate. This two-disc set is the result, and although it has its flaws, it does a good job of communicating the excitement that was obviously in the air during this concert. At its worst, the music is endlessly discursive and self-indulgent -- 12- and 15-minute-long epics like "Amlak Abét Abét" and "Kèsét Eswa Betcha" must have been lots of fun for the musicians, but don't do much to let the average listener in. On the other hand, the almost equally long "Muziqawi Silt" holds one's attention nicely with its funky Afro-jazz lines, and a weird sort of Semitic tango called "Antchim Endèléla" brings several different musical traditions together beautifully. Best of all are the elegantly composed "Eyèyè," with its gorgeous cloud banks of horn chords, and a soul-inflected song titled "Soul Tezeta," featuring Amharic vocals by Michael Bèlaynèh. Most listeners may find themselves paring the program down to a judiciously selected single disc, but even the filler is worth hearing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Buda Musique
  • EAN: 3341348601212
  • Catalog Number: 860121
  • Sales rank: 125,557

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amlak Abét Abét (15:40)
  2. 2 Muziqawi Silt (8:01)
  3. 3 Feqer Aydèlem Wèy (9:05)
  4. 4 Altchalkoum (7:13)
  5. 5 Yèzèmèd Yèbada (8:06)
  6. 6 Soul Tezeta (5:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Eyèyè (2:48)
  2. 2 Antchim Endèléla (7:26)
  3. 3 Kèsét Eswa Betcha (12:39)
  4. 4 Bati (1:38)
  5. 5 Bati (8:51)
  6. 6 Shellèla (7:42)
  7. 7 Embi Ba (Gouragué) (10:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Either/Orchestra Primary Artist
Russ Gershon Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tom Halter Trumpet, Soloist
Henry Cook Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Kurtis Rivers Baritone Saxophone
Mulatu Astatke Percussion, Vibes, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Rick McLaughlin Bass, Double Bass, Soloist
Greg Burk Piano, Electric Piano, Soloist
Joel Yennior Trombone, Soloist
Colin Fisher Trumpet, Soloist
Getatchew Mekurya Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Vicente Lebron Percussion, Conga, Soloist
Jeremy Udden Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Technical Credits
Mahmoud Ahmed Composer
Francis Falceto Producer, Liner Notes
Russ Gershon Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Introduction
Tom Halter Arranger, Author
Paul Q. Kolderie Engineer
Henry Cook Author
Wilfrid Harpaillé Mastering
Mulatu Astatke Arranger
Jack Garnier Graphic Design
Rick McLaughlin Introduction
Traditional Composer
Greg Burk Author
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