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Thursday, Apr 17 2014 | 13:51 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

The KutiMangoesThis may sound like an Afro-Orchestra, but for sure not like a sextet, which The KutiMangoes actually are! Compact arrangements with extremely blazing horns, especially from the baritone sax and the trombone. Nonetheless it is still not overwhelming, because everything is accompanied by a carefully counterbalanced easiness, beautifully recorded for the album Afro-Fire.

The KutiMangoes don’t focus on being highly authentic, which might present it’s difficulties, seeing as the are a union of Northern Europeans and West Africans. The sax player and band leader Michael Blicher regularly plays in a trio with the New Yorker god of groove Steve Gadd and composes for string quartets, movies and for this Band. A wonderful eclectical blend of Afro beat, Jazz, Soul and a little Blues.

This blend combines and contains the soul of Fela Kuti, the delusional arrangements from Charles Mingus (title “Moanin”) and the uncompromising drive from Ornette Coleman’s “Body Meta” – supported by Patrick Kabrefrom Burkina Faso, who adds the final dose of feeling to the beats with his voice. Three brass players, two drummers and a man at the keys skillfully switch between the instruments.

The band consists of: Gustav Rasmussen (tb, g), Lars Greve (sax), Michael Blicher (sax), Johannes Buhl (key), Casper Mikkelsen (perc), Morten Ærø (dr)

The album is released on CD, vinyl LP and digital download. The LP is limited to 500 copies and comes with a full album download code.

“The Kutimangoes are destined to rule the club and festival scene this summer!” – Djouls


01. Fire
02. Feeling Good
03. Something Yellow
04. Pass It On
05. Song For Fela
06. Moanin’
07. Walking Man
08. Slowly
09. Desert Moon
10. Song For Fela (Remix)
11. Fire (Remix

The album The KutiMangoesAfro-Fire” (Tramp Records) is going to be released April 25, 2014.

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