Sunday, April 12, 2009

Inspiration Information an inspiration


INSPIRATION Information sees jazz fusion experimentalists The Heliocentrics - a London-based collective who mix jazz with elements of dance and hip hop - and Mulatu Astatke - who mixes jazz and traditional Ethiopian music - fusing.
As Astatke puts it, the album is "a nice experiment".
At first the LP, the third in a series which has seen both Amp Fiddler/Sly & Robbie and Horace Andy/Ashley Beedle paired up, seems jarring and confused, but slowly the coupling melds together.
And with Heliocentrics tubthumper Malcolm Catto delivering some trademark funky drumming, and some Lalo Schifrin style horns from Mulatu's musicians, the results are some inspirationally cool jazz well worth picking up, for your information.

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