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Mulatu Astatke, Leon Parker's Awakening, Nikki Iles and Kate Williams

Claire Martin talks to Mulatu Astatke at the 2011 Brighton Festival. Plus Kevin LeGendre on Leon Parker's Awakening, and a session from pianists Nikki Iles and Kate Williams.

Claire Martin meets Mulatu Astatke, appearing at this year's Brighton Festival. Vibraphone and keyboard player as well as master arranger, Astatke is one of the all-time greats of Ethiopian music and the creator of his own original art form - Ethio-jazz. He pioneered his signature fusion of Western jazz and traditional Ethiopian melodies in New York in the late 1960s, before returning to 'Swinging Addis' at the end of the decade where he became a pivotal figure in its music evolution. In recent years he has found a whole new audience.

Kevin Le Gendre returns to feature a disc that may not have hit the "Big Time" on its first release. This time he chooses Leon Parker's CD, "Awakening".
Music in session comes from British pianists Nikki Iles and Kate Williams recorded at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho in London during its recent Steinway Festival.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 May 2011 23:30

Music Played

  • Marius Neset

    City on Fire

    Performers: Marius Neset (Sax), Django Bates (Piano), Jasper Hoiby (Bass), Anton Eger Composer: Marius Neset

    • Golden Xplosion.
    • Edition Records EDN 1027.
  • Clark Tracey Quartet

    Seven Steps To Heaven

    Performers: Clark Tracey (Drums), Arnie Somorgyi (Bass), Gareth Williams (Piano), Brandon Allen (Tenor Sax) Composer: Victor Feldman

    • Given Time.
    • Ten To Ten TTTCDS 758.
  • Leon Parker

    All My Life

    Performers: Leon Parker (Congas, Bell, Caxixi), Natalie Cushman (Gourds), Steve Wilson (Alto Sax), Tracie Morris (Vocals) Composer: Leon Parker

    • Awakening.
    • Columbia CK 68076.
  • Leon Parker

    Awakening

    Performers: Leon Parker (Snare Drum, Piano, Bell, Wood Block, Conga), Natalie Cushman (Caxixi, Gourd), Adam Cruz (Bell), Rita Silva (Clave), Elisabeth Kontomanou (Vocals) Composer: Leon Parker

    • Awakening.
    • Columbia CK 68076.
  • Leon Parker

    It Is What It Is

    Performers: Leon Parker (Congas), Natalie Cushman (Shekere), Ugonna Okegwo (Bass), Rita Silva (Wood Block), Adam Cruz (Steel Pan), Sam Newsome (Soprano Sax) Composer: Leon Parker

    • Awakening.
    • Columbia CK 68076.
  • Kate Williams/Nikki Iles (Pianos)

    O

    Composer: John Taylor BBC Recording, recorded at London’s Pizza Express, Dean Street on 14th April 2011

  • Kate Williams/Nikki Iles (Pianos)

    Pelagic

    Composer: Kate Williams BBC Recording, recorded at London’s Pizza Express, Dean Street on 14th April 2011

  • Kate Williams/Nikki Iles (Pianos)

    Summer Night

    Composer: Harry Warren BBC Recording, recorded at London’s Pizza Express, Dean Street on 14th April 2011

  • Kate Williams/Nikki Iles (Pianos)

    Depictions

    Composer: Kate Williams BBC Recording, recorded at London’s Pizza Express, Dean Street on 14th April 2011

  • Mulatu Astatke and The Ethiopiques

    Yekatit

    Composer: Mulatu Astatki

    • The Very Best of the Ethiopiques.
    • Mantea MANTDCD 215.
  • Mulatu Astatqé - Cha Cha

    Composer: Mulatu Astatki

  • Terry Seabrook’s Milestones

    That's What

    Performers: Graeme Flowers (Trumpet), Ian Price (Tenor Sax) Alan Barnes (Alto Sax), Spike Wells (Drums), Dave Whitford (Bas), Terry Seabrook (Piano) Composer: Terry Seabrook

    • Sketches of Miles.
    • TSM Records CBCD 4.
  • Jim Hart's Gemini

    Deviation

    Performers: Jim Hart (Vibraphone), Ivo Neame (Alto Sax), Jasper Hoiby (Bass), Dave Smith (Drums) Composer: Jim Hart

    • Narrada.
    • Loop Records Loop 1010.

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