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Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke is an innovative multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and the founder of Ethio Jazz. Born in Jimma, Ethiopia, Mulatu Astatke studied at Lindisfarne College and Trinity College of Music in England and Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. As a vibraphone, conga and percussion player, he has performed at numerous concerts in Ethiopia and abroad, including appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in New York, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn and Barbican Center in London. Mulatu also performed as a guest artist with the Duke Ellington orchestra during its visit to Ethiopia in 1971

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Article: Live Review

Gent Jazz 2023

Read "Gent Jazz 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Gent Jazz Festival Gent, Belgium July 9-15, 2023 It looked dire in 2022. The Gent Jazz festival, a two-decade integral element in the cultural life of this wondrous Belgian city, was declared bankrupt, along with Jazz Middelheim in Antwerp, which had an even more august history. Amazingly, it's still here ...

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Article: Album Review

Kaidi Tatham: The Only Way

Read "The Only Way" reviewed by Chris May


The Belfast-based DJ and broken-beat pioneer Kaidi Tatham travels a parallel orbit to that of the London-based DJ Ash Walker. Both are loosely associated with Britain's alternative jazz scene. Both draw on a similar patchwork of influences, including hip hop, rap, techno, old school jazz-funk and modern Brazilian dance music. Both approach the recording studio as ...

Article: Album Review

Adam O' Farrill: Visions of Your Other

Read "Visions of Your Other" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Nella famiglia la musica è di casa: ritroviamo il padre, Arturo O'Farrill, pianista e compositore vincitore di Grammy, il nonno, Chico O'Farrill, leggendario bandleader cubano, Allison Deane, la mamma, pianista classica, Zack O'Farrill, il fratello maggiore, batterista. Non stupisce che anche il “piccolo" Adam (classe 1994) abbia iniziato a percorrere giovanissimo quei sentieri frequentando e registrando ...

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Article: In the Artist's Own Words

On the Road With Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

Read "On the Road With Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids" reviewed by Gioele Pagliaccia


The first time I met Idris Ackamoor was inside of Centro Stabile di Cultura on a Sunday afternoon in November 2018. The organizers at this historical venue in San Vito di Leguzzano, a small village half hour from Vicenza surrounded by foundries and wheat fields, asked me if I could lend my Ludwig Drums to the ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo

Read "Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Dopo aver partecipato a NovaraJazz per un paio di giorni nel 2008 e nel 2011, ho incontrato di nuovo il suo direttore artistico Corrado Beldì al Talos Festival di Ruvo di Puglia nel 2014, quando di scena era l'Instant Composers Pool. Mi trovai di fronte un quarantenne giovanile, estroverso, sempre pronto a una risata contagiosa e ...

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Article: Album Review

Makram Aboul Hosn: Transmigration

Read "Transmigration" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It is testament to bassist/composer Makram Aboul Hosn's tenacity that Transmigration has seen the light of day at all. Awarded a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture at the end of 2019, the Lebanese bassist had been all set to record the album in Europe with an international line-up. Then Covid-19 struck, adding ...

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Article: Album Review

Nubiyan Twist: Freedom Fables

Read "Freedom Fables" reviewed by Chris May


Guitarist Tom Excell's Nubiyan Twist is one of the more substantial groove-based fusion outfits orbiting the perimeter of Britain's alternative jazz world. The band combines soul, funk, modal jazz, hip hop, and West African Afrobeat and highlife in a dancefloor-friendly melange which is a whole lot of fun while also possessing some depth. Based in Leeds ...

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Article: Interview

Tamar Osborn: From Kalakuta To Collocutor: New Directions In Jazz

Read "Tamar Osborn: From Kalakuta To Collocutor: New Directions In Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


She has been likened to Gil Evans, Fela Kuti, Pharoah Sanders, Bismillah Khan and Mulatu Astatke, and the traditions represented by those musicians are all to be heard in the music of baritone saxophonist and composer Tamar Osborn. Osborn's aesthetic, however, is her own, and her band, Collocutor, is among the most distinctive on the British ...

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Article: Album Review

Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha

Read "Yene Mircha" reviewed by Chris May


While Mulatu Astatke is the musician most widely associated with the creation of Ethio-jazz, fellow keyboardist Hailu Mergia is among other significant figures. Astatke is best known overseas because he was the most outward looking of Ethio-jazz's first generation, studying at London's Trinity College of Music and Boston's Berklee College of Music and making his first ...


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