We have a great hang with Ezra Gale of Molly Tigray and get a sneak preview of their new album.
Molly Tigre marries the rhythms and melodies of African music– especially the entrancing styles from Ethiopia and Mali- with a uniquely progressive and exploratory jazz sound. Featuring the compositions of saxophonist Mitch Marcus (Donovan, Dave Dreiwitz) and bassist Ezra Gale (Super Hi-Fi, Aphrodesia), the band also features saxophonist Chris Hiatt (JaponizeElephants), drummer Joe Abba (Dave Douglas, The Ramones, Donny McCaslin) and percussionist Ibrahima Kolipe Camara (National Dance Company of Guinea, Kakande). The New York City based-quintet has been stewing since 2015, but their wide-ranging sound hasn’t been captured on tape until now.
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Debo band explores the rich and varied traditions of Ethiopian music with a dose of funk, punk and soul. With a large instrumental ensemble and a charismatic singer Bruck Tesfaye it all adds up to an undeniable party band. We got to hang with the leader of this amazing group, Danny Mekonnen and here excerpts of their upcoming album Ere Gobez (FPE Records; May 20, 2016). They’ll be playing in NYC with Antibalas May 18th at the Brooklyn Bowl.
Debo Band is
- Bruck Tesfaye vocals
- Danny Mekonnen saxophones
- Gabriel Birnbaum tenor saxophone
- Danilo Henriquez trumpet and percussion
- Stephanie Baird trombone
- Jonah Rapino electric violin
- Kaethe Hostetter five-stringed violin
- Marié Abe accordion
- Brendon Wood guitar
- Arik Grier sousaphone
- PJ Goodwin bass
- Adam Clark drums