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  • Artist(s): The Black Jesus Experience
  • Summary: The second full-length release for Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience was recorded in Addis Ababa and Melbourne.
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  1. Q Magazine
    Jun 30, 2020
    80
    While it lacks the sheer otherworldliness of his heyday, it is still a startling successful marriage of old and new. [Aug 2020, p.102]
  2. Uncut
    Jun 30, 2020
    70
    Astatke is still a virtuoso but it's mostly BJE who take the lead. [Aug 2020, p.25]
  3. Jun 30, 2020
    60
    The set feels like the band’s more than the veteran master’s, and the magnificent Taye’s singing balances better with the music than Mr Monk’s delivery, but To Know Without Knowing nonetheless confirms how brightly Mulatu Astatke’s Ethio-jazz vision burns on.
  4. Mojo
    Jun 30, 2020
    60
    This second album build on the same template [as 2016's Cradle With Humanity]. [Jul 2020, p.82]