Mitote - Cochemea

from the album All My Relations (2019)

Cochemea Gastelum is a saxophonist extraordinaire, whose has performed with a litany of artists, including Amy Winehouse, David Byrne, Lady Gaga, Beck, Public Enemy, and - perhaps most importantly - as a member of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.  In addition, he is an accomplished composer and arranger.

On his debut solo album, Cochemea turns his music inward to explore his Native North American heritage.

Mitote is a song whose name is derived from "an ancient, secular, round dance of the Aztecs - and other tribes of the Sierra Madre Occidental - which, in certain cultures, can be associated with a peyote ritual."

The opening saxophone reminds us of his current home of Brooklyn.  From there, polyrhythms of native percussion overtake the composition, only to have the big city saxophone emotively return.  The resulting vibe feels more like surreal fusion than juxtaposition.

You definitely want to play this at your next Aztec-themed peyote party.

Click Here to listen to Mitote by Cochemea.