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Ethiopiques Volume 14: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax

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Yegenet Muziqa
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Shellela
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Aha Gedawo
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Antchi Hoye
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Ambassel
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Almaz Yeharerwa
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Yene Hassab Gwadegna
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Shemonwanaye
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Gofere/Antchi Hoye
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Aynotche Terabu
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Akale Wube
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Tezeta
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Gedamay
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Muziqa Heywete
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Shellela Besaxaphone
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04.22.11
Getatchew Mekurya, Ethiopiques Volume 14: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax
2003 | Label: Buda - Ethiopiques / Believe Digital

Instrumental African jazz doesn't get much more interesting than this. Mèkurya's technique, speed and passionate approach to improvisation might suggest a taste for bebop, but in fact, he hardly listened to the stuff. His main inspiration is a traditional vocal style called shellèla, a wordy, rapping oratory used to rev up warriors for battle in earlier times. Rendered in the mellow tones of a vintage tenor, the music's aggressive nature takes on a totally unique… read more »

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An outsider to Ethiopian music...

TomA

...and this was the first thing I picked up on the Ethiopiques series. Great dingy recording. I'm pretty ignorant of this style of jazz, but to me it sounded like dark safari music played through a world band radio. Like.

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Wow!

whitetrane

Read no further, download NOW. If you are seeking a unique and original approach to the tenor sax, this is it. This guy definitely did not go to Berklee. Backed up by cheesy organ (I think it is actually the same instrument from the 45 of "House of the Rising Sun"), this one screams. Whoever thought this sounds like bebop was smoking something funny, not like any bebop I've ever heard.

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The King of Ethiopian Sax

SOULJAH-21

Anyone who loves Jaz should check this out. What an enchanting and somewhat psychadelic sound. It's like Jazz with a slight middle eastern but uniquely Ethiopian sound. I would have loved to have seen this live in some little Club in Ethiopia. Now I can only imagine. DownLoad now!

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The Ethiopiques series of world music keeps slowly widening its arc, and this time around it’s come up with some very interesting vintage (circa 1972) material. Ethiopiques, Vol. 14: Negus of Ethiopian Sax features Getatchew Mekurya, a sax player whose inspiration comes from traditional warrior music: the kind meant to whip soldiers into a frenzy before battle. And frenzied his playing truly is, with several shades of free jazz at its most abandoned (which, curiously, he claims never to have heard). It’s wild stuff — but wild only on the sax. The band behind him exists strictly for melodic and rhythmic function. While they perform admirably, they add little to the music itself, while the sax takes off on weird and wonderful paths. It’s stirring, and demands a lot of a Western listener unfamiliar with the tradition. But it’s perhaps best ingested in small doses. And while it’s interesting, certainly, it’s not on a par with the rest of the series. – Chris Nickson

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