Mulatu Astatke - The Heliocentrics ‎– Inspiration Information

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A1 Masenqo
Arranged By [Strings] – Keane*Arranged By [Trad. Arr.] – Astatke*Drums, Percussion, Guitar – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass, Guitar – Jake FergusonHarp – Kat ArneyPercussion – Jack YglesiasPiano – Oliver ParfittStrings – Dan KeaneTheremin – Tom HodgesViolin [Masenqo] – Mesafnit NegashVocals – Yezina NegashWritten-By – Ferguson*, Catto*
6:26
A2 Cha Cha
Arranged By [Horns] – Yennior*Drums – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass – Jake FergusonFlute [Solo], Percussion – Jack YglesiasGuitar – Adrian OwusuPiano, Synthesizer [Moog] – Oliver ParfittTenor Saxophone – James ArbenTrombone – Joel YenniorTrumpet – Byron WallenVibraphone, Percussion – Mulatu AstatkeWritten-By – Astatke*
5:27
A3 Mulatu
Arranged By [Horns] – Yennior*Baritone Saxophone – James Allsop*Drums – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass – Jake FergusonGuitar – Adrian OwusuKeyboards – Oliver ParfittPercussion – Jack YglesiasTenor Saxophone – Shabaka HutchingsTrombone – Joel YenniorTrumpet [Solo] – Byron WallenVibraphone [Solo] – Mulatu AstatkeWritten-By – Astatke*
3:31
B1 Addis Black Widow
Arranged By [Horns] – Ferguson*, Yennior*Baritone Saxophone – James Allsop*Drums, Effects – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass – Jake FergusonFlute [Washint] – Dawit GebreabGuitar – Adrian OwusuKeyboards – Oliver ParfittPercussion, Flute [Solo] – Jack YglesiasTenor Saxophone – Shabaka HutchingsTrombone – Joel YenniorTrumpet – Byron WallenWritten-By – Owusu*, Yglesias*, Ferguson*, Yennior*, Catto*, Parfitt*
3:44
B2 Fire In The Zoo
Baritone Saxophone – James ArbenClarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Shabaka HutchingsDouble Bass – Jake FergusonDrums, Percussion – Malcolm Catto*Piano, Flute – Jack YglesiasWritten-By – Yglesias*, Ferguson*, Arben*, Catto*, Hutchings*
3:52
B3 Dewel
Arranged By [Horns] – Yennior*Drums, Percussion – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass – Jake FergusonGuitar – Adrian OwusuPercussion – Jack YglesiasPiano, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Synthesizer [Moog] – Oliver ParfittTenor Saxophone – James ArbenTrombone – Joel YenniorTrumpet – Byron WallenVibraphone – Mulatu AstatkeWritten-By – Astatke*
5:35
B4 Blue Nile
Drums – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass – Jake FergusonGuitar – Adrian OwusuKeyboards – Oliver ParfittPercussion – Jack YglesiasSoprano Saxophone – James Allsop*Tenor Saxophone – Shabaka HutchingsTheremin – Tom HodgesWritten-By – Owusu*, Ferguson*, Yennior*, Catto*, Parfitt*
3:18
C1 Esketa Dance
Arranged By [Horns] – Yennior*Baritone Saxophone – James ArbenDrums – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass – Jake FergusonElectric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Mulatu AstatkeGuitar – Adrian OwusuLyre [Krar] – Dawit GebreabOrgan – Oliver ParfittPercussion – Jack YglesiasTenor Saxophone – Shabaka HutchingsTrombone – Joel YenniorTrumpet – Byron WallenWritten-By – Yglesias*, Ferguson*, Yennior*, Catto*, Astatke*, Parfitt*
4:08
C2 Chik Chikka
Arranged By [Horns] – Yennior*Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – James Allsop*Drums – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass – Jake FergusonElectric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Mulatu AstatkeFlute [Washint] – Dawit GebreabGuitar – Adrian OwusuLyre [Krar] – Temesgen TarakenTrombone – Joel YenniorWritten-By – Astatke*
5:13
C3 Live From Tigre Lounge
Drums, Keyboards – Malcolm Catto*Guitar – Adrian OwusuGuitar, Electric Bass – Jake FergusonKeyboards [Additional] – Oliver ParfittPercussion – Jack YglesiasWritten-By – Owusu*, Ferguson*, Catto*
2:56
C4 Chinese New Year
Arranged By [Strings] – Keane*Double Bass – Jake FergusonDrums – Malcolm Catto*Harp – Kat ArneyPercussion – Jack YglesiasPiano – Oliver ParfittStrings – Dan KeaneWritten-By – Ferguson*, Catto*, Parfitt*
3:45
D1 An Epic Story
Arranged By [Strings] – Keane*Double Bass, Guitar [Thai] – Jake FergusonDrums, Percussion – Malcolm Catto*Guitar – Adrian OwusuHarp – Kat ArneyPercussion – Jack YglesiasSaw [Musical Saw] – Tom HodgesStrings – Dan KeaneStrings [Begena], Flute [Washint] – Dawit GebreabWritten-By – Owusu*, Keane*, Ferguson*, Catto*
5:14
D2 Phantom Of The Panther
Drums, Percussion – Malcolm Catto*Electric Bass, Flute [Wooden], Percussion – Jake FergusonHarp – Kat ArneyOrgan – Dan KeanePercussion – Adrian OwusuPiano – Oliver ParfittWritten-By – Ferguson*, Catto*, Parfitt*
2:21
D3 Anglo Ethio Suite
Arranged By [Strings] – Keane*Bass Clarinet – James Allsop*Double Bass, Strings [Begena] – Jake FergusonDrums, Piano [Additional] – Malcolm Catto*Guitar – Adrian OwusuHarp – Kat ArneyKeyboards [Electronica] – Tom HodgesPercussion, Flute [Solo] – Jack YglesiasPiano – Mulatu AstatkeStrings, Cello [Solo] – Dan KeaneWritten-By – Yglesias*, Ferguson*, Catto*
9:54

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All sessions produced, engineered and mixed at Quatermass Studios, London. Recorded at Quatermass Studios London, 8th - 14th September 2008.
Mastered at Electric Mastering.

Collaboration originated at Broad Casting, Cargo, London, April 2008, supported by Red Bull Music Academy / RBMA Radio.

Strut is part of the !K7 label group
Made in Germany

℗ 2009 Strut
© 2009 Strut

Etching on run out groove on Side A1 reads: "Electric Mandy Parnell"

Text from the sticker on the front cover:
"Groundbreaking Ethiopian bandleader Mulatu Astatke forges a new Ethio-jazz hybrid with The Heliocentrics (Now Again / Stones Throw Records).
A brand new studio collaboration and the third in Strut's Inspiration Information series."

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  • Barcode: 730003 304019
  • Label Code: LC 07306

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adieudo

adieudo

January 29, 2017

Great album and great sounding vinyl, a must have !!!
music_emporium

music_emporium

April 3, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
'Inspiration Information' sees Astatke delve a little into his wide array of styles with The Heliocentrics bringing more than just seasoning to the pianist's main course. Harmony is the key to the album's success, not just melodically speaking, also in the way each player can pre-empt where the lead wishes to go, something no amount of fancy production or painstakingly devised arrangements can offer. Even the song titles are begotten of a world where music is still treated as something more than a background noise at a party full of egos trying to out-do each other. Simple fact is, Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics NEED to work together more often, the world is crying out for it, at least those in the world who actually appreciate music.

This is the jazz fusion/funk record I've been looking for - memorable bass riffs, jiving trumpets that never waste air, tribal (and some hip hop) drumming, hints of African music and so much more. Alot of the songs have a dark spy film vibe, like maybe something Patton might come up with as part of fantomas, and the band gels very well and stays as tight as a metal band. This has wide appeal I think, and would please listeners of all genres...