MEKURIA, GETATCHEW / THE EX & GUESTS - MOA ANBESSA (LP)


"Getatchew Mekuria is the most revered veteran of the Ethiopian saxophone. He is a real giant, both physically and musically. In his seventies, he is still in full voice, with his own, powerfully distinctive style of playing. His huge vibrato, both forceful and fragile, plays around the vocal lines, using typical Ethiopian embellishments. He started playing in 1947 in the Addis Abeba Municipal Band, then in the Haile Selassie 1 Theatre Orchestra and the Police Orchestra. He also backed up all the famous Ethiopian singers. He is the inventor of a musical style called the Shellele, which originates from an heroic war-chant, translated to the saxophone. When he plays it, he dons a lion's mane and cuts loose with furious solos that are a kind of free jazz, from before free jazz existed. In April 2006 Getatchew traveled to the Netherlands for some concerts and recording sessions. The result is unique; Getatchew's melodies and solos mesh with The Ex's rhythms, noise and vocals, supported by a guest horn section, like they were made for each other!" (label info) vinyl version, comes with nice 24 pp. magazine.
in stock | NL| 2006| TERP RECORDS | 18.90


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