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Sketches of Ethiopia


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  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazz Village
  • ASIN: B00B7TRZ5G
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Azmari 5'02
2. Gamo 5'15
3. Hager Fiker 6'08
4. Gambella 6'12
5. Assosa Derache 10'03
6. Gumuz 6'30
7. Motherland Abay 8'34
8. Surma 4'42

Product Description

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Mulatu Astatke, on his first album for Jazz Village, bears witness to an extraordinarily rich career, that has seen him hailed as the father of Ethio-jazz. From his musical studies at Trinity College, London, and Berklee College of Music, Boston, through groundbreaking recordings for the legendary Amha label during Addis Ababa s musical golden age, to his contribution to the Jim Jarmush film Broken Flowers which assured him of cult status amongst savvy music fans, Astatke has a unique musical history. His new album, Sketches of Ethiopia, brings to mind the great arrangements of Gil Evans and late Ellingtonian tone poems and is an homage to the rhythms and dances of Mulatu s homeland that still provide the engine for his music. It also demonstrates that the grand old man of Ethio-jazz is not standing still. Still finding new ways to express his music, he s brought together a top team of the UK s young jazz talent, some of the finest new Ethiopian voices and the unique vocal talents of Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara to create the strongest album of his late flowering.

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Sketches Of Ethiopia is more than a reminder of [Mulatu s] core talents it s a new and exciting exploration, another phase in a career that seems to have plenty of twists and turns left in it. --MusicOMH

'…a thrilling cross-cultural collision of jazz, percussion-oriented African music and edgy, fusionesque funk.' --Mojo 4 Stars

...this excellent album is a journey into the varied styles of Ethiopian music, filtered through his jazz sensibility. --Simon Broughton

Each track here is a distinctive entity which contributes to a cohesive funky whole. It s impossible to pick a favourite but Surma , featuring Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara, is an assertively sensuous gem. --The Independent

...this excellent album is a journey into the varied styles of Ethiopian music, filtered through his jazz sensibility. --Simon Broughton

Each track here is a distinctive entity which contributes to a cohesive funky whole. It s impossible to pick a favourite but Surma , featuring Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara, is an assertively sensuous gem. --The Independent

It's the music, in some respects, that I was always disappointed Weather Report didn't quite get around to making. A terrific album. --Richard Williams

Each track here is a distinctive entity which contributes to a cohesive funky whole. It s impossible to pick a favourite but Surma , featuring Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara, is an assertively sensuous gem. --The Indepemdent

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gwada on 10 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Someone has to provide a counter argument to the frankly pathetic one-star review (by someone who cannot even spell the artist's name correctly). So, whether or not any listener prefers this album to any of Mulatu's previous works is basically irrelevant - there is no way this album can be rated one star! Mulatu is a consummate artist who continues to craft beautiful music in his own unique and untouchable way. His Step Ahead band are chosen from amongst London's finest jazz musicians. Mulatu deserves every respect and this new album is well worth getting, for existing fans and new.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graham Waters on 14 Oct. 2013
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Really good. Nice jazzy stuff. As good as the music he recorded in the sixties. Hope there is more to come.
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2 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Galustian on 13 Sept. 2013
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Had expected more from Mulato... not an improvement on his other cd's which I prefer. Always a problem when one can't listen, thought this would be a winner!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More Than Sketches! 31 Oct. 2013
By John F Keithline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard a track from Mulatu Astatke's Sketches of Ethiopia on a collage radio station during my morning drive. The music was so different from what I supposed Ethiopian music would be, and the DJ's brief overview of Astatke's career was so interesting, that I pulled over and bought the CD via Amazon mobile. I'm no music scholar so I have no firm knowledge of what sounds originated where, but the music on Sketches of Ethiopia with it's wonderful mix of musical ingredients that seem to have been bouncing back and forth between Africa and South America is a real delight!
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Fantastic 26 Oct. 2013
By Donal B. Young Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this today and I'm on my second listen. The musicianship is impeccable and all the songs are highly melodic and adventurous.

I could listen to the hypnotic section in Assosa Derache forever; then it brings you out with a single horn note sounding three times, fading into the distance.

This is timeless.
Awesome ethio jazz 18 April 2014
By Murugan2 - Published on Amazon.com
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Smooth and magical Mulatu Astatke is a lot of fun to listen to. Melodic but still offbeat and intelligent. Get it.
Five Stars 25 Oct. 2014
By Frank M. Kirkland - Published on Amazon.com
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Percussive and rustic sounds are sweet to the ear.
Five Stars 23 Aug. 2014
By the X man - Published on Amazon.com
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love anything by this guy.........
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