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The Tomas Doncker Band Aim For 'Global Soul' Sound On Latest Release

Still riding high off the critical success of his Howlin’ Wolf EP, released back in June, as well as a summer spent performing at NYC’s Summer Stage Festival, The Tomas Doncker Band return with a new release Power of the Trinity…A Slight Return (The Global Soul Mixtape Volume 1).

Featuring a collective of New York City’s best musicians, including bassist Bill Laswell, trumpeter/horn arranger Steve Bernstein, ¬†Ethiopian singers Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw and Mahmoud Ahmed and Ethiopian guitar hero Selam Woldemariam, Power of The Trinity is an eclectic mix of jazz, rock and R&B. The musical cross-pollination leads to some exciting results. Distorted power chords smash up against big, brassy horns in “We Need Justice,” and “Peace” gets its avant garde heat via lean guitars, tribal-tinged rhythms, virtuoso trumpet work and tight harmonies. “Habesha Girl” is a pretty breezy cut, but features skittering, off-kilter beats that flip into dub and reggae territory,” the antithesis of the fat, slow rolling funk of “Happy.”

Beyond the genre-bending musicality, the album is, according to Doncker, “the sound of our collective conscience. The unified rhythm of heart beats creating a positive, spiritually uplifting force for good … it is the best of what we have to offer to each other, from Brooklyn to Ethiopia, and everywhere in between.”

Power of The Trinity is also being released to support¬†The Studio Samuel Foundation’s 1Hundred Girls Impact Plan (www.studiosamuel.org), a charity that supports young women in Ethopia. Listen to the EP here.

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