July 3, 2013 – Ethio Cali Single Release “Fresh Kitfo” Composed by Dexter Story – Paris DJ’s Compilation

Composed and arranged the new Ethio Cali single “Fresh Kitfo” from Rise of The Troubadour Warriors – Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol​.​3, released 03 July 2013. “Fresh Kitfo” was written in tribute to the lightly sauteed Ethiopian beef dish that I tried for the first time at steel pan player Alan Lightner’s residence recently. Fresh is also a play on words as the lady of the house and chef is actually named Fres(h)genet.
About Todd Simon’s Ethio-Cali Ensemble:
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethiopian jazz ensemble led by trumpeter/arranger/composer Todd Simon and featuring a cast of the finest musicians from Southern California. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the Golden Age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles and roots-inspired. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Columbia.

Todd M. Simon – Trumpet
Dexter Story – Drums
Kamasi Washington – Tenor saxophone
Randal Fisher – Tenor saxophone
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Electric piano
Itai Shapira – Guitar
Patrick Bailey – Bass
Alan Mark Lightner – Steel drums
Stave Haney – Congas, percussion
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – PercussionComposed by Dexter Story
Published by Dexter Story Music Publishing
Recorded at Flying Carpet Studios, Los Angeles
Produced by Todd Simon
Engineered & Mixed by Kamal De Iruretagoyena Humphrey, CAS
Mastered by Grant Phabao
© 2013 Todd M. Simon


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