Album: Tommy T, The Prester John Sessions (Easy Star)

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Gogol Bordello bassist Thomas Gobena celebrates his Ethiopian heritage on a skanking mixture of old-school rocker's reggae and Ethiopiques-style jazz and funk, with his Abyssinia Roots Collective joined by guest artists including singer Gigi and massinquo fiddle-player Setegne Satenaw.

It's nice enough, and there's a pleasing symmetry to the conceit of taking the symbolic language of reggae's Ethiopian cosmology back to the source. But the music is often undistinguished, and there aren't enough great tunes.