The newest Afro-Zen Allstars launch, proper on time for procuring or final minute obtain, comes with a cryptic title and a bit of Ethiopian music, plus “a number of issues from Cameroon, Mali, and Nigeria (by way of Brooklyn). To spice issues up” as they observe on their web site.

The band’s sound focuses on the all-too-brief fusion music scene in Addis Ababa within the Nineteen Seventies, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital and buying and selling heart. Afro-Zen forges this “Golden Age” combination of funk, jazz and Northeast African pentatonic modal music into one thing unique and accessible. Curved guitars and full-bodied saxophones solo over a deep, danceable groove.

Recorded at Minimum Wage Recording by Lance Koehler, it was all put down by a number of the most adventurous musicians within the space: the good Hector “Coco” Barez and Jeff X. Morris on drums, Scott Milsted on drums, Brian Cruise on bass, John Lilley and Chris Sclafani on saxophones, Toby Whittaker on trombone and Chris Vasi on lead guitar. Bandleader / guitarist George M. Lowe arranges all items with ample house in order that his bandmates can stand out from the hypnotic vortex of transferring components. Whether floating on the surging melodic floor or immersing your self within the rhythmic counter-currents, this music takes you all over the place.

Afro-Zen Allstars will host a CD launch celebration at Hardywood RVA on Friday, January twenty eighth, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To study extra, go to their web site at afrozenallstars.org.

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