Early in the year, Brooklyn-based ensemble Anbessa Orchestra swung into action with Negestat, an album of brassy Ethiojazz arrangements with a heavy hit of funk that marks Anbessa's first full-length release. Recorded completely using analog techniques, Negestat shows the orchestra's commitment to retro sound and high-quality funk. As much Charles Bradley as it is Mahmoud Ahmed, this is an easy album to love and ready-made for dancing. Anbessa Orchestra has a strong sense of groove that provides a strong backbone for all its instrumental ornamentation, and every cut on this new album urges you to keep moving, from bombastic "Negestat" to lyrical "T'sahai".
Anbessa Orchestra opens a portal from 1970s Addis Ababa to the modern world on Negestat, and what emerges is fresh and fantastic. The interplay between band members is satisfying; the melodies are fantastically soulful. Negestat is comfort food, warming the heart, the ear, and the whole body from the inside out.
Wayne Tucker- Trumpet
Eyal Vilner- Alto Saxophone
Eden Bareket- Baritone Saxophone
Nadav Peled- Guitar, compositions, arrangements
Dor Heled- Keyboard
Tamir Shmerling- Bass
Eran Fink- Drums
Recorded at Dreamland Studios by Ariel Shafir
Mixed at Dreamland Studios by Ariel Shafir & Nadav Peled
Mastered by Alex Abrash at A.A Mastering
Cover art by MBC Hiroots
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