Τhe news about the return of the Sorcerers for their sophomore album, In Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God, was received with great anticipation from me. Their debut album released -five years earlier, on 2015- was a nice surprise for all of us who love the sound around Ethio-Jazz. But that wasn’t just the case.
The Sorcerers are a band from Leeds, formed by the city’s most zestful and exuberant jazzmen. That easily explains the tight rhythmic section and the hard-kicking groove.
The inspiration drawn from the European horror ’60s and 70’s movies, along with a touch of Moondog in the orchestration, the defining KPM sound and of course Mulatu’s ethiojazz vision, introduced the ATA Records comeback.
On their latest album, that horror theme has been fully realized and from track to track they slowly unwind the cinematic quality of In Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God, which is a soundtrack of an imaginary film, set in a South-American rainforest where a four-member team make their way towards their ultimate goal, the pursuit of artifacts by a long passed civilizations.
As the press release suggests:
Each track was written with a particular scene in mind and the music was then shaped in the studio to best reflect the essence of that scene. Drums, Bass and Percussion provide the solid foundation onto which Flutes, Bass Clarinets, Xylophones and Vibraphones add the atmospheric and melodic counterpoint.
The Sorcerers and ATA Records deftly develops a captivating record utilizing vivid funk themes along with ethio scents that are executed in high performance.
One of the best albums of 2020 hands down.
Treat yourself with a copy from Bandcamp.