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Getatchew Mekuria is the most revered veteran of the Ethiopian saxophone. He is a real giant, both physically and musically. In his seventies, he is still in full voice, with his own, powerfully distinctive style of playing. The Ex invited him to play with the ICP at the 25th years Anniversary Party and the Convoy Tour. Getatchew saw The Ex and also wanted to play with them. He was so inspired that he suggested to The Ex he should record his next CD with them. He gave them 10 solo saxophone versions of Ethiopian tunes. The beginning of a very successful cooperation.

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released January 1, 2006

Getatchew Mekuria - Saxophone
Katherina - Drums
Terrie - Guitar
Andy - Guitar
G.W.Sok - Vocals
Colin McLean - Bass
Xavier Charles - Clarinet
Brodie West - Alto Saxophone
Joost Buis - Trombone
Cor Fuhler - Organ (6,9,10)

Recorded April 3-4, 2006 at Jottem, Wormerveer, Holland, by Jeroen 'Ato Asa' Visser & Dolf Planteijd. Engineer: Maarten Tap.
Mixed & mastered by Jeroen Visser & The Ex at Fishing Bakery Labs in Zurich, Switzerland.
Tracks 3, 5, 6, 8, and 11 recorded live April 8, 2006 in the Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France, by Jeroen Visser.

All melodies by Getatchew Mekuria based on traditional tunes. All arrangements by Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests. English lyrics by The Ex.
1. Based on a song by Frew Hailu.
2. Based on a song known from Tilahoun Gessesse, written by Gezahegn Desta.
3. Based on a Sudanese traditional song.
4. Based on a traditional horseman's war-chant.
5. Based on a traditional song from Gondar.
6. Aynotche Terabu based on a traditional tune by Nuru Wondafrash of the Imperial Bodyguard Band. Shemonmwanaye is a traditional song from Wollo.
7. Based on a piece by the Wallias band, written by Girma Beyene.
8. Based on a traditional Ethiopian scale, the ultimate blues.
9. Based on a traditional folksong about Harar.
10. Based on a song by Tilahoun Gessesse, written by the Police and Ayalew Mesfin.

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The Ex started playing in 1979. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band, Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia. ... more

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