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Mulatu Astatke - Ethiopiques Vol 4: Ethio Jazz 1969-1974 (1998)

6-03-2016, 12:38
Jazz | Funk | World

Title: Ethiopiques Vol 4: Ethio Jazz 1969-1974
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Buda Musique 82964-2
Genre: Ethio Jazz, Soul, R&B, Jazz-Funk
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,scans)/320
Total Time: 1:05:38
Total Size: 301/150 MB


01 Yekermo Sew (A man of experience and wisdom)
02 Metche Dershe (When am I going to reach there)
03 Kasalefkut Hulu (From all the time I have passed)
04 Tezeta (Nostalgia)
05 Yegelle Tezeta (My own memory)
06 Munaye (My Muna)
07 Gubelye (My Gubel)
08 Asmarina (My Asmara)
09 Yekatit (February)
10 Netsanet (Liberty)
11 Tezetaye antchi Lidj (Baby, my unforgettable remembrance)
12 Sabye (My Saba)
13 Ene Alantchi Alnorem (I can't live without you)
14 Dewel (Bell)

Whew! Even when the record stops, these mood-inspiring sounds linger on like a drug. Get your head on right, light a candle, sit back, and you too will understand...Tropical in its roots, funky and intoxicating in its impact, Mulatu Astatke's distinct brand of Ethiopian music features some of the most soulful hip-grinding instrumentals ever recorded in Mother Africa.

An album of instrumentals, Ethiopiques Volume 4 is a case study in the inventive blending of influences that comprised the Ethiopian groove. Strains of funk and reggae timings permeate the thick and chunky bass lines, which are pushed prominently forward in the mix. Multiple saxophones swirl with the hypnotic, snake-charming sounds of the East, while at the same time resonating with jazzy tones reminiscent of John Coltrane and Lester Young. Guitar is a main ingredient here, growling with funky distorted wah-pedaled fuzz riffs that sound like they were lifted straight out of an early '70s black-exploitation flick. Drums and percussion combine the punchy funk of James Brown and the Meters with the heavy Latin rhythms of Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo. Fusing all of these elements together, Mulatu unleashes a potent brew of afro-jazz grooves that pull you in and leave you in a mystical trance-like state.

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