Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Steps Ahead’

Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Steps Ahead’ is his first solo album since the 1980s released on March 29, 2010 by Strut Records.

Track Listing : 1.Radcliffe (Mulatu Astatke) – 07:54 . 2.Green Africa (Mulatu Astatke) – 05:13 . 3.The Way To Nice (Mulatu Astatke) – 05:09 . 4.Assosa (Arr.Mulatu Astatke) – 02:39 . 5.I Faram Gami I Faram (Mulatu Astatke) – 05:33 . 6.Mulatu’S Mood (Mulatu Astatke) – 05:56 . 7.Ethio Blues (Joel Yennior, Mulatu Astatke) – 07:02 . 8.Boogaloo (Mulatu Astatke) – 05:19 . 9.Motherland (Girma Hadegaw, Mulatu Astatke) – 04:26

Musicians : Mulatu Astatke – Vibraphone, Congas On (2), Timbales On (5) . Abu – Flute [Washint] On (4) . Byron Wallen – Trumpet On (2 – 3 – 6 – 9) . Cello – Daniel Keane On (2 – 3 – 9) . Dan Rosenthal, Tom Halter – Trumpet [Trumpets] On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5) . Davide Mantovani – Double Bass On (3 – 6 – 9) . Demsaw Wondy Flute [Washint] On (8) . Endalkachew Adunya – Violin [Masenqo] On (1 – 7) . Godwin Louis – Saxophone [Alto Sax] On (1 -2 – 4 – 5) . Henry Cook – Flute [Washint] On (1 – 7) . Indris Hassan – Violin [Masenqo] On (2 – 8) . Jack Yglesias – Guiro, Congas On (2 – 3 – 4 -5 – 6 – 8 – 9) . James Arben – Flute On (3), Oboe On (3 – 9), Saxophone [Tenor Sax] On (2 – 6), Clarinet [Bass] On (6) . Joel Yennior – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Josh Rosen – Piano On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Kadialy Kouyate – Kora On (6 -9) . Kaidi Tatham – Keyboards On (3 – 6), Piano On (9) . Kofi Adu – Drums On (3 – 6 – 9) . Kurtis Rivers – Saxophone [Baritone Sax] On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5) . Leo Blanko – Strings, Xylophone [Balafon] On (1) . Masale – Lyre [Krar] On (2) . Pablo Bencid – Drums On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Raven Bush – Violin On (9) . Rick Mclaughlin – Bass On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Russ Gershon – Saxophone [Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax] On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Tecloo & His Group – Drums [Nagarit], Trumpet [Mäläkät], Flute [Imbilta] On (4) . The Either/Orchestra On (1 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8) . Tom Halter – Trumpet On (7 – 8) . Vicente Lebron – Congas, Percussion On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 8) . Yeten Work – Lyre [Begena] On (9) . Zodu Amare – Lyre [Krar] On (4)

Production : Produced By Mulatu Astatke . Pablo Bencid – Engineer, Mixing . Andi – Engineer . Mateku – Engineer . Rob Ignazio – Engineer . Luke Buttery – Engineer . Tristan Hackney – Assistant Engineer . Luke Buttery – Mixing . Mandy Parnell – Mastering

Package : Matt Thame – Artwork . Alexis Myron – Photography

Recorded 2009 – 2010 At Wellspring Studios, Acton, Ma (Usa), Mateku Studios & Andi Studios, Addis Ababa, The Way Studios, London, .

Released On March 29, 2010 By Strut Records.

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BBC
He weaves his highly individual magic in an infectious and mysterious style.On the back of his highly acclaimed 2009 collaboration with London-based astral funk group The Heliocentrics – album of the year in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards – Ethiopian jazz-fusion maestro Mulatu Astatke was lured back into the studio for his first album in his own right for two decades. […]

Pitchfork
Anyone who’s liked his music in the past is very likely to enjoy this, but I think Mulatu Steps Ahead will broaden Astatke’s jazz following as welland frankly, it’s a much more coherent record than a lot of heavily improvisational modern jazz albums. […]

Contact Music
When listening to ‘Mulatu Steps Ahead‘ I wasn’t sure whether it was just a jazz album as there are very clear influences to Ellington with long solos too. For me it’s when the African or other world influences kick in that makes quite special. […]

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