Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mulatu Astatke Featuring Fekade Amde Maskal ‎– Ethio Jazz

Year : 2013/1974
Label : Heavenly Sweetness/Amha Records
Genre : Jazz, World
Style : Soul Jazz, Ethio Jazz, Afro Jazz

Ethio Jazz was originally released as Yekatit Ethio-Jazz in 1974 on Ethiopian label, Amha Records, bringing together various tracks recorded by Mulatu Astatke between 1969 and 1974. Formed at Boston's Berklee College of Music during the sixties, Mulatu Astatke is a multi-instrumentalist, founder of the Ethio Jazz genre, the first to combine traditional ethiopian sound with Jazz & Latin music. Indeed, in 1966, Mulatu & His Quintet have recorded in New York City, two Afro-Cuban Jazz albums (Afro-Latin Soul, Volumes 1 & 2), which lead him to introduce latin & western instruments in the popular Ethiopian music. Mulatu has gained an international recognition many years later, first  thanks to the Parisian label Buda Musique, which selected some of his best songs included in the volume 4 from the Éthiopiques compilation series, a volume entirely devoted to him (Éthiopiques Volume 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969–1974). Secondly in US, three of his compositions including Yèkèrmo Sèw & Gubèlyé, were selected for the Broken Flowers Original Soundtrack (2005), directed by Jim Jarmusch. At last, some great names of Hip-Hop have sampled his songs such as Nas, Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5, Quantic or Madlib. All tracks composed by Mulatu Astatke except Asmarina by Fekade Amde Maskal, Ené Alantchi Alnorem by Girma Hadgu, the traditionals  Sabyé & Gubèlyé.

Mulatu Astatke_keyboards
Fekade Amde Maskal_tenor saxophone, flute 
Mogus Habté_tenor saxophone
Yohannes Tèkolla_trumpet
Andrew Wilson_guitar
Giovanni Rico_bass 
Tèmarè Harègu_drums

01. Dèwèl    
02. Yèkèrmo Sèw    
03. Gubèlyé    
04. Asmarina    
05. Yèkatit    
06. Nètsanèt    
07. Tezetayé Antchi Lidj    
08. Sabyé    
09. Ené Alantchi Alnorem


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