I’ve been scanning for song ideas today and spent a while listening to the fantastic music of Ethiopian Jazz musician, Mulatu Estatke. It was after this listen that today’s song popped into my head.
The Sorcerers are a band who, inspired by the work of Mulatu Astatke, create a sound incorporating the musical influences of Ethio Jazz alongside the soundtracks of European horror films of the 60’s and 70’s. Signed to Leeds based ATA Records, The Sorcerers were formed by guitarist Pete Williams and bassist Neil Innes and soon joined by drummer Joost Hendrickx, Pianist Johnny Richards and multiple-instrumentalist Richard Ormrod.
The band had initially came together to write and produce some Ethio inspired music which was only intended for release as a 7″ single but after attracting such a popular response they decided to develop the sound further and went on to release a self titled, full length debut record. Taken from this album comes the single ‘Pinch of the Death Nerve’ which is a heavily Mulatu influenced track; it’s a creepy, funk-filled jazz tune with wonderful crisp percussion, hypnotic beats and a dark edgy bass line…
“Who’s this? The Sorcerers? It’s cool! This is great. Give me the cd man!” – Mulatu Astatke
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