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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

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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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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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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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VERY GOOD
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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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