The Lion Of Ethiopean Saxophone
"Getatchew passed away on April 4, 2016 at the age of 81 after a musical career of more than 68 years. As a final tribute The Ex has published this photobook. 168 pages. Four sections of pictures; a selection from Getatchew's private album with historical photos and photos by three very different international photographers — Andy Moor, guitarist in The Ex, Matias Corral and Nick Helderman who came on tour in Europe, America and to Addis Abeba — to document this unique collaboration between Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests. This photobook is the result of what appears to be an unlikely collaboration between Dutch underground band The Ex and Ethiopian saxophone legend Getatchew Mekuria. The Ex fell in love with an old Getatchew cassette from 1972, and in 2004 they wanted to invite him for their 25th Anniversary Festival. They went to Addis to find him and when they met, Getatchew was up for it right away. The result was a fruitful 10-year collaboration with more than a 100 concerts worldwide, plenty of enthusiastic press and two beautiful CD/LPs. In 2014, because of diabetes, he developed serious problems with his legs and couldn't travel any more. The Ex at that point decided to organise a Celebration of Getatchew Mekuria concert series in Ethiopia, including the National Theatre in Addis Abeba. It sold out. 1500 people came and there was a standing ovation. A truly honourable farewell to a great musician. Soon after this, his health began to deteriorate quickly. The book is co-published by Terp Records and Ex Records (EX 146-B). "
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends
"The sound is full, warm, accessible and guaranteed to suck you in and keep you captivated till the last note has died out. -Stef, Free Jazz Blog"
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests
"Moa Anbessa is a great introduction to Mekurya for rock fans. The Ex doesn’t cut their intensity a bit – heck, they need it all to keep up with Mekurya, still going strong in his seventies. This is a powerful, rocking record that will thrill even listeners who’ve never bought a “world music” album in their lives. -Steve Holtje, The Big Takeover "
Gustafsson / Vandermark / Baars / Nilssen-Love
"Recently unearthed, 7", 45 RPM, single, recorded during two 'Saxophone' projects of The Ex in Ethiopia. Features a trio of Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, and Paal Nilssen-Love, and Mats Gustafsson solo on the B-side. "
Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex
"Don't expect conventional stuff. Let yourself be challenged. Who's Knocking? Well, Jaap Blonk and Terrie Hessels who not only make music very freely, but are also busy with electronics. Friends, musicians among themselves. Very nice album for those who like to be surprised. -Philippe De Cleen, Written in Music"
Kaja Draksler & Terrie Ex
"Scrape meets sigh, jagged fish-hook pluck meets sparse wire-damped drizzle, instinct meets intuition, and when the disc is done, it’ll seem quite sensible to dive back in and swim the whole length in reverse. - Bill Meyer, Dusted"
Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex
"these good friends somehow manage to find “seemingly incompatible tactics that somehow fit together.” The tactics, as the titles often suggest, are quite chaotic, and opt for muscular head-on collisions and jumpy cat-and-mouse games with a raw, in-your-face sound. -Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
Kokono n 1
"The lyrics are a bitter comment on the social situation in the Congo. This CD is a tribute to Konono No.1, to that first ever gig in Holland. It's a rough recording, recorded in stereo directly from the mixing-desk. But the music speaks for itself. PLAY LOUD! -Terp Records"
"The lyrics are a bitter comment on the social situation in the Congo. This CD is a tribute to Konono No.1, to that first ever gig in Holland. It's a rough recording, recorded in stereo directly from the mixing-desk. But the music speaks for itself. PLAY LOUD! -Terp Recorrds"
Mats Gustafsson / Paal Nilssen-Love / Mesele Asmamaw
"Baro 101 totally undermines the notion that improv is a stale, overly-intellectualised genre for Western, coffee-swilling virtuosos. It’s warm and it swings, engaging and challenging at once. This is, to me, what improv should be, -The Liminal"