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TOMMY T PRESS QUOTES

Very positive reviews of Tommy T's The Prester John Sessions have been rolling in. We wanted to share some highlights with you:

“…his album grooves without compromise and glides by with beautiful melodies and glorious improvised jams…Prester John is an effusive statement of Ethiopian diversity to a previously ignorant world and a welcome addition to any music lover’s collection.”
The Aquarian Weekly

“The Prester John Sessions fizzes with energy and is a serious contender for African album of the year.”
World Music Central

“The Prester John Sessions is an intoxicating blend of Ethiopian folk styles, heavy dub reggae rhythms, gut-punching funk grooves, and horn-heavy Afrobeat. The Abyssinia Roots Collective…sews everything into a seamless flow…Tommy T takes this opportunity to balance between playing musical ambassador and musical adventurer, freely mixing the sounds he's been carrying inside him all his life with those he's absorbed along his journey.”
All Music Guide

“You can delve as deeply into the messages and the history of the music on The Prester John Sessions as you’d like, but you can also simply enjoy the album for what it is: a great mix of instrumentation, rhythms, and musical culture with its own voice – one that sounds ancient and fresh at the same time. If the goal was a “universal vibe,” then Tommy T and The Abyssinia Roots Collective have done what they set out to do.”
Jambands.com

“Bassist Tommy T. Gobena pulls together the funky rhythms and riffs of contemporary Ethiopian music, creating an enormously exciting, electrifying result.”
JazzWax.com

“The Prester John Sessions is an instrumental affair whose insinuating reggae grooves, tasty jazz licks, and churning slices of steamy Ethiopian funk combine for an international experience a lot more resonant and personal than anything you’ll find on some Putumayo mix CD.”
LimeWire Music Blog

“Engaging and interesting.”
ChartAttack

“A record full of [the] finest Ethiopian music.”
Examiner.com

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