Olive Ridley's Lament

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Poor Olive Ridley…

One day while in the state of Orissa, I happened upon a vast sandy beach that stretched far to the left and to the right. In the distance I noticed numerous larger than usual black spots. Upon inspection and venturing closer I found these to be the carcasses of the dead turtle known as the “Olive Ridley”. They dies by the hundreds due to being caught in fisherman’s nets or ingesting floating plastic in the ocean.

This tune uses melodic material based on some Ewe funeral songs which have a lament-like quality to them. With a little bit of Carnatic phrasing and a whole lot of Ghanaian influence this tune takes on a life of its own. Originally I was going to play mridangam on it, but once in the studio I heard the sounds of the Ewe drums and used them to give it a heavy and groovy quality which I think works quite well.

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from The Offering of Curtis Andrews, released December 18, 2008
Curtis Andrews: axatse, gankogui, sogo, kidi, kagan
Bill Brennan: vibraphone
Terry Campbell: trumpet
Chris Harnett: tenor saxophone
Brad Jefford: electric guitar
Josh Ward: electric guitar

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