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Afro Latin Soul Vols 1 & 2
Cat: STRUT 156CD. Rel: 20 Jul 18
  1. I Faram Gami I Faram
  2. Mascaram Setaba
  3. Shagu
  4. One For Buzayhew
  5. Alone In The Crowd
  6. Almaz
  7. Mulatu's Hideaway
  8. Askum
  9. A Kiss Before Dawn
  10. Playboy Cha Cha
  11. The Panther (Boogaloo)
  12. Konjit (Pretty)
  13. Soul Power
  14. Lover's Mambo
  15. Love Mood For Two
  16. Jijiger
  17. Girl From Addis Ababa
  18. Karayu
  19. Raina
Review: These days, Mulatu Astatke is widely considered to be the "Godfather of Ethiopian jazz". Yet when he recorded the two-part "Afro-Latin Soul" album in 1966, he'd just left music college in Boston. As this fine reissue proves, Astatke was years ahead of the game. While rooted in American jazz from the period, all 19 tracks (both albums have been compiled on to a single disc for this edition) draw heavily on Cuban jazz, in particular, as well as Ethiopian musical traditions. In truth, the latter aspect doesn't come through quite as strongly as you'd perhaps expect, though some of the album's highlights - the brilliant "Soul Power" in particular - draw more heavily on the percussive polyrhythms of Africa. Regardless, this is a superb set of forward-thinking global jazz that delivers high quality entertainment from start to finish.
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