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Getatchew Mekuria, The Ex & Friends: Y'Anbessaw Tezeta [2 CDs] (Terp Records)

After several festivals in Europe in Summer 2011, Getatchew Mekuria wanted to record one more album with The Ex featuring melodies that feel old and classic; comes with a bonus CD of some historical recordings.

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product information:

UPC: 718752233521

Label: Terp Records
Catalog ID: TERP AS - 21/22
Squidco Product Code: 16518

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: 2 CDs in a single Jewel tray with wrap-around box
Recorded on December 6th and 7th, 2011. February 24th and 28th, 2012. April 5th and 23rd, 2012 in Jottum, Wormerveer, Holland. Recorded on May 3rd, 2012 in Fendika, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.


Getatchew Mekuria-saxophone, clarinet

The Ex:

Arnold de Boer-trumpet

Andy Moor-guitar

Terrie Hessels-guitar

Katherina Bornefeld-drums


Xavier Charles-clarinet

Ken Vandermark-baritone saxophone, bass clarinet

Brodie West-alto saxophone

Joost Buis-trombone

Wolter Wierbos-trombone

Colin McLean-bass

Melaku Belay-dance

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track listing:

CD 1

1. Ambassel 7:38

2. Tezeta 4:25

3. Bertukane / Yematebela Wof / Shegitu 5:55

4. Bati 3:47

5. Ene Eskemot Derese 4:11

6. Yegna Mushera 4:06

7. Aha Gedawo 5:04

8. Almaz Men Eda New 4:24

9. Abbay Abbay / Yene Ayal 4:31

10. Zerafewa / Eregedawo 4:21

CD 2

1. Yene Hasab Gwadegna 6:26

2. Aha Gedawo 5:03

3. Shellelle 6:50

4. Yegenet Musica 4:57

5. Ambassel 7:21

6. Lale Guma (Aha Begena) 8:06

7. Yaf Zemed Mech Teffa (From Hinge Perspective) 6:04

8. Bati 2:22

9. Shellelle / Fukera 5:02

10. Ambassel 12:02

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"Quite unexpectedly, last year, while here in Europe for several summerfestivals, Getatchew Mekuria at the age of 76, expressed an urge to make one more recording. With The Ex. Probably the last one in his life. A great responsability! We recorded in December, in Wormerveer and Addis Abeba. The result is stunning. Deep, old, classic melodies. Very different from the last one. Instrumental, more senti- tive and fragile, deeper. Amazing hornriffs and solo's. But also dancable, with up-tempo war-chants. Many things. He called it: "Y'Anbessa Tezeta". 'In memory of the Lion'. Memories on 65 years of playing music! But also always new and forward.

But there is more. We wanted to make something special. We added an extra CD, with some historical recordings, including Getatchew and the Instant Composers Pool, Haile Selassie 1 Theatre Orchestra (1960!) and a live performance with the Ex in Montreal. Plus a 40-page booklet. With great photos by many photographers. Matias Corral specially came to Addis to shoot some Getatchew portraits in addition to his already striking black & white live photos. We decided to make this a benefit CD for Getatchew. Everyone contributed for free. After almost 65 years of playing music, we thought this amazing person deserves some kind of pension!

The first time we met Getatchew was early 2004. We were intrigued by his music, we knew from an old cassette. What an orinigal sound! We went to Addis to find him. Getatchew agreed right away to come to Holland. To our 25th anniversary party in Am- sterdam, November 2004. He played with the ICP, the Instant Composers Pool and he loved it. But he was also intrigued by The Ex and wanted to play and record with us. We invited some great hornplayers and things have never stopped since. We recorded the Moa Anbessa CD and in some eight years we've done almost a hundred concerts in 15 countries.Jazz-, worldmusic- and rock festivals and venues all over the world. Lincoln Centre Out of Doors in New York, the French 8 'o clock news with 8 million viewers, Rio Loco in Toulouse to 20.000 people and broadcasted on TV in Ethiopia."-Terp Records

Artist Biographies:

"Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990's onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy; in addition, he is the music director of the experimental Pop band, The Margots. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone. In 1999 he was awarded the MacArthur prize for music."

-Ken Vandermark Website (

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