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Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974
     

Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974

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by Mulatu Astatke
 
To some, the term "Ethiopian jazz" might seem impossible; after all, it's a very American form. But what's truly surprising isn't the fact that these musicians play jazz so well, but the range of jazz they manage, from the George Benson-ish guitar workout of "Munaye" to the twisting sax of "Tezeta." Really, though, it's more Jimmy Smith than Duke Ellington in its aim

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To some, the term "Ethiopian jazz" might seem impossible; after all, it's a very American form. But what's truly surprising isn't the fact that these musicians play jazz so well, but the range of jazz they manage, from the George Benson-ish guitar workout of "Munaye" to the twisting sax of "Tezeta." Really, though, it's more Jimmy Smith than Duke Ellington in its aim (although Ellington is on the cover, on stage with Mulatu Astatke, the bandleader behind all these selections). The grooves often smoke rather than swing, with some fiery drumming, most notably on "Yekermo Sew," and throughout the guitar is very much to the fore as a rhythm instrument. Perhaps the most interesting cut, however, is "Yekatit," from 1974, which is Astatke's tribute to the burgeoning revolution which would oust Emperor Haile Sellassie. Some of these pieces, certainly "Dewel," has seen U.S. release before; the track appeared in 1972 on Mulatu of Ethiopia, which was Astatke's third American LP, showing that jazz aficionados, at least, had an appreciation for what he was achieving in the horn of Africa. Given that many of his musicians had graduated from police and military bands, they knew their instruments well, and had plenty of practice time, which shows in the often inventive solos that dot the tracks. Varied, occasionally lyrical, but interesting throughout, this shines a fabulous spotlight on a hidden corner of jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/1998
Label:
Buda Musique
UPC:
0723723382528
catalogNumber:
82964

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Performance Credits

Mulatu Astatke   Primary Artist,Conga,Vibes,Track Performer
Tamara Haregu   Drums
Andrew Wilson   Guitar
Tèklè "Huket" Adhanom   Guitar
Fèqadu Amdè-Mesqel   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Girma Zèmaryam   Drums
Yohannès Tèkolla   Trumpet
Tèwodros Meteku   Tenor Saxophone
Giovanni Rico   Bass
Girma Béyéné   Keyboards
Haylu "Zehon" Kèbbèdè   Bass
Tèsfa Maryam Kidané   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tésfayé "Hodo" Mékonnen   Drums

Technical Credits

Francis Falceto   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Karen Albrecht   translation,English Translations
Mulatu Astatke   Arranger,Composer
Sèyfu Yohannès   Contributor
Jack Garnier   Artwork,Graphic Design
Tamrat "Loti" Kébbédé   Contributor
Menelik Wèsnatchèw   Contributor

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