Boomkat Product Review:
The name of Mulatu Astatke has become ubiquitous to anyone with a healthy interest in Ethiopian jazz.
The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965-75' charts Mulatu's journey from New York in '65, where he recorded his first two LP's 'Afro-Latin Soul Volumes 1 & 2', onto the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in '72 for the recording of 'Mulatu of Ethiopia', to more recent collaborations with London-based psyche Jazz outfit The Heliocentrics. Outside of the aforementioned classic recordings, this is one of the most comprehensive collections of Mulatu's career you'll find, including his signature 'Yekermo Sew', the fruity elephant-sampling Latin-jazz of 'I Faram Gami I Faram' feat Ethiopian Quartet, the devastatingly funky 'Yegelle Tezeta', and fellow Éthiopiques star Tlahoun Gessesse's cool swinging croon on 'Lantchi Biye'.
Besides his work with the Heliocentrics and occasional touring , Mulatu still seeks to further Ethiopian music, working with MIT on modernising traditional Ethipiopian instruments and helping new producers like Quantic's Will Holland to re-record his classic material. A highly recommended album for anyone with an itch for killer African music from the archives.