Ebo Taylor - Peace On Earth
We've been spreading the gospel about Ghanean singer/guitarist Ebo Taylor for years now. Some lucky ones were there at the 2009 show we produced for Ebo at La Bellevilloise. The others should definitively check all the upcoming live dates in June... Ebo Taylor released at the end of 2010 a new album, Love And Death, and his label Strut Records followed this release with a double anthology of Highlife & Afrobeat Classics, covering the years from 1973 to 1980, Life Stories, which you absolutely NEED to get/buy/download/hear/etc!! Here's a track extracted from this compilation to download for free, Peace On Earth, for those who still don't believe in the emotional power of Ebo Taylor's music.
Ebo Taylor - Peace On Earth
(Free MP3 download on ParisDJs.com) 2011-04-19
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On tour in France this summer :
04th June - Jazz Sous Les Pommiers , Coutances, FR
09th June - Festival Contretemps, Strasbourg, FR
10th June - Festival Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, FR
17th June - Festival Les Invites, Villeurbanne, FR
21st June - Jazz A La Defense, Paris, FR
01st July - Eysines Goes Soul, Bordeaux, FR
05th July - Jazz à Vienne Festival, FR
28th June - Tempo Rives, Angers, FR
04th August Fiesta Sete, Sete, FR
Press Release :
From the Life Stories liner notes :
Ebo acknowledges the influence of US jazz rockers Blood Sweat & Tears and – less obviously, perhaps – Deep Purple on this easy going mid-tempo piece, written a few years before it was recorded, when Osibisa and various 'blaxploitation' themes were hip. "I was trying to fuse rock and jazz together with highlife," Ebo recalls. "This kind of music was ahead of its time – not very popular when we recorded it!"
Following his recent studio album with Afrobeat Academy, Love And Death, his first international solo release, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor teams up again with Strut Records for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings, Life Stories.
During Ghana's highlife explosion in the 1950s and '60s following wartime highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor made his name as a prolific composer, arranger and frontman leading two of Ghana's greatest big bands - Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band. Moving to London to study music in 1962 alongside West African luminaries like Fela Kuti and Peter King, Taylor formed the Black Star Highlife Band and began incorporating jazz elements into traditional highlife forms.
Returning to Ghana, Taylor became an in-house arranger and producer for Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's Essiebons label, working with other major Ghanaian stars like C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas. Through the '70s, he then recorded a number of solo projects, exploring unique fusions and borrowing elements from regional Ghanaian folk music, Afrobeat, jazz, soul and funk.
Life Stories revisits this heyday of Taylor's work, focusing on his solo albums and some of his lesser known side projects including the dynamite Apagya Show Band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and The Pelikans. The selection also touches on his writing and production work for C.K. Mann and a collaboration recording with fellow member of early '70s nightclub band Blue Monks, Pat Thomas.
Tracks include the anthemic "Heaven," sampled by Usher on his hit with Ludacris, "She Don't Know," the original version of the poignant "Love And Death" and the rare 15-minute nugget, "Aba Yaa." The package features rare photos, original album artwork and sleeve notes by Soundway Records' Miles Cleret.
Ebo Taylor Life Stories will be released in 2CD / 2LP / digital formats. He will be touring with Afrobeat Academy from late January 2011.
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Artwork photo by Jean Saint Jean (jeansainjean.com)