Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Brand Spankin' New!

Tommy T
The John Preston Sessions
Release Day (11/10/2009) Sampler

For the past three years, Tommy T (Thomas T Gobena) has been the bass player for gypsy punk powerhouse Gogol Bordello. Tommy was born and raised in Addis Abada (Ethiopia's capital city) and the knowledge of global rhythms he brings to Gogol's sound has become part of their unclassifiable approach to music making. "The Prester John Sessions" is an aural travelogue that ranges freely through the music and culture of Ethiopia, the album is a collection of 11 songs including a remix of the track "Oromo Dub (Cushitic Dub)," featuring fellow Gogol Bordello band mates Eugene Hutz and Pedro Erazo and mixed by Michael Goldwasser of the Easy Star All-Stars.

In the 70s, funk, wah-wah pedals, and jazz had a huge impact on Ethiopian music," Tommy explains. "The Prester John Sessions will give people an idea about the musical diversity of Ethiopia, which includes influences and ideas borrowed from the sounds of the 70's with the added bonus of up-to-date production values."

Sampler Tracks:

I picked out these four tracks to give you all a taste of the different grooves Tommy has put together. Fine stuff. I'm sure you'll enjoy them. Available on iTunes.

1    Brothers
5    Oromo Dub  (Cushitic Dub)
6    East West Express
10  Eden

Get it HERE