ETHIO CALI - LIVE AT THE BLUE WHALE

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ETHIO CALI – LIVE AT THE BLUE WHALE is an album composed of songs selected from various performances at The Blue Whale jazz venue located in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The recordings on this cassette are lo-fi in nature. They were recorded on a portable Webcore tape recorder by our friend, supporter, and avid field recorder, Moises Garcia. During each of our shows Moises would set up his recorder in various locations and record each of our sets. Sometimes he would hang the microphone from the ceiling and other times he would tape it to a wall. All of this happened unbeknownst to the members of ETHIO CALI.

Months later, we heard these recordings during a casual late night hang in Highland Park. We were all taken aback by what we heard. The hiss, hums, and wobbly quality of the recordings had a vintage and endearing appeal that we couldn’t deny. We decided to share these recordings in hopes that you’ll appreciate some of the special and candid moments we’ve shared together on stage during this past year. We thank you for taking the time to listen.

Side A: 1) Green Tej 2) Ambasselita 3) Mela Mela feat. Dereb The Ambassador

Side B: 1) A Mother's Love feat. MdCL 2) Fitsum Dink Lij Nesh 3) Ambassel (Fast)

ETHIO CALI wishes to thank Joon Lee for the use of his beautiful, creative and inspiring live music space, The Blue Whale.

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released April 6, 2014

All songs performed live by Ethio Cali at The Blue Whale in 2013
All songs arranged by Todd M. Simon and Dexter Story
Album curation by Sonny Abegaze
Live sound by Rob Gaudet
All songs recorded on a portable Webcore 1/4" Reel to Reel Mono Tape Recorder by Moises Garcia
Cover artwork by Dexter Story
Mono mastering by Bob Lanzner
Executive produced by Todd M. Simon, Sonny Abegaze, Nes Abegaze and Dexter Story


Side A:

GREEN TEJ
Composed and Arranged by Todd Simon
Featuring:
Todd Simon - Trumpet
Kamasi Washington - Tenor Sax
Randal Fisher - Tenor Sax
Pat Bailey - Bass
Damon Aaron - Guitar
Vardan Ovsepian - Piano
Steve Haney - Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney - Percussion
Dexter Story - Drums

AMBASSELITA
Composed and Arranged by Dexter Story
Featuring:
Todd Simon - Trumpet
Randal Fisher - Tenor Sax
Mark de Clive Lowe - Piano
Pat Bailey - Bass
Michael McTaggart - Guitar
Alan Lightner - Steel Pan
Steve Haney - Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney - Percussion
Dexter Story - Drums

ERA MELA MELA
Composed by Seyfu Yohannes
Arranged by Dexter Story
Featuring:
Dereb the Ambassador - Vocals
Todd Simon - Trumpet
Kamasi Washington - Tenor Sax
Randal Fisher - Tenor Sax
Pat Bailey - Bass
Damon Aaron - Guitar
Vardan Ovsepian - Piano
Steve Haney - Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney - Percussion
Dexter Story - Drums

Side B:

A MOTHER'S LOVE
Composed by Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
Featuring:
Mark de Clive Lowe - Piano

FITSUM DINK LIJ NESH
Composed by Mahmoud Ahmed
Arranged by Todd Simon
Featuring:
Todd Simon - Trumpet
Randal Fisher - Tenor Sax
Thomas Lea - viola
Peter Jacobson - cello
Tylana Renga - violin
Mark de Clive Lowe - Piano
Pat Bailey - Bass
Michael McTaggart - Guitar
Alan Lightner - Steel Pan
Steve Haney - Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney - Percussion
Dexter Story - Drums

TEMELES
Performed by Alemayehu Eshete and Hirut Beqele
Arranged by Todd Simon
Featuring:
Todd Simon - Trumpet
Randal Fisher - Tenor Sax
Mark de Clive Lowe - Piano
Pat Bailey - Bass
Michael McTaggart - Guitar
Alan Lightner - Steel Pan
Steve Haney - Percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney - Drums
Dexter Story - Percussion

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ETHIO CALI Los Angeles, California

Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. The ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, Mali and Colombia. ... more

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