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Russ Gershon Remembers Gétatchèw Mèkurya

Gétatchèw Mèkurya was not a jazz player, but he did invent one of the most original saxophone styles I know, a kind of independent sound parallel to Albert Ayler that predated Ayler’s breakthrough by a good five years. By transferring a vocal Ethiopian war chant called shellella onto his tenor with ferocious power, he moved … Read More “Russ Gershon Remembers Gétatchèw Mèkurya”

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