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Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Bebop Spoken Here on hold

As of tonight (November 15) at 21:00 hrs, this site will be temporarily on hold to allow for essential executive maintenance. Some minor activity may be possible during this period and we hope to have normal service resumed as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Lance

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CD Review: Music Soup - Cut To The Chase

Evgenia Karlafti (org/pno/vcls); Nestor Dimopoulos (gtr/vcl); Vagelis Kotzabasis (dms); Dimitris Papadopoulos (tpt); Dimitri Vassilakis (ten); Antonis Andreou (tmb) + Anastasis Gouliaris (dms - 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
In the UK we tend to think that Grecian jazz began and ended with the redoubtable Vasilis Xenopoulos. However, back in Athens, this CD indicates that there is jazz of Olympian standard going on in Vasi's home country.
Music Soup are, basically, an organ/guitar/drums trio augmented for this album by three horns. Karlafti can swing - think Shirley Scott and Dorothy Donegan and Evgenia is up there with them and quite a few of her male contemporaries! She plays nice piano and sings good too - listen to Your Song
Guitar is comparable with anything heard 'twixt Adriatic and Atlantic and the horns also have their moments in the Aegean sun.
Karlafti and Dimopoulos composed the nine originals - individually and as co-writers.
Cut To The Chase is described as hip, eclectic jazz from Greece and I, for one, won't argue with that.
If, in the unlikely event of finding myself in a Greek Taverna, I won't be fobbed off with the Fasolado. Instead, I'll cut to the chase, and order Music Soup - a double helping!
Available on Summit/Chicken Coup Records via the usual suspects.
Lance.
PS: Closer to home, Vasilis Xenopoulos will be in the North East October 21-23.

1 comment :

Holly Cooper (on F/b) said...

Thanks to Lance Liddle of UK's BEBOP SPOKEN HERE for the first review for CUT TO THE CHASE, the new CD by Mouthpiece Music clients Evgenia Karlafti B and Nestor Dimopoulos of Music Soup from Greece! (Lance, you kill me!) The CD is out on Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup label!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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