“Three Steps Above” by Marios Takoushis / Gabriel Karapatakis
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Seven Miles East (Self Produced) by Marios Takoushis / Gabriel Karapatakis
Terrific album, replete with world jazz exoticism and modern jazz improvisation. Fans of the ECM label should definitely be spending some time listening to this album, though it's worth mentioning that this album keeps to jazz territory far more often than many of ECM's albums. Just a beautiful track from a great album. I'm very excited to feature this song at All About Jazz.
Seven Miles East is the new album by pianist Marios Takoushis and bassist Gabriel Karapatakis. Following their debut album Sympnoia, this new project aims to develop their music based on the fundamentals of jazz - interaction, improvisation and individual self-expression. At the same time, their source of inspiration for fresh ideas and compositions comes from the Mediterranean culture and tradition and from the use of traditional ethnic instruments. New dynamics are created by the co-existence of the piano, fretless bass with the sax or clarinet, the lyra with the drums. Saxophonist David Lynch provides a robust tone and melodicism, whereas the themes of the original compositions seem to float with the texture of Zacharias Spyridakis' Cretan lyra. The dynamic pulses of drummer Stelios Xydias and the tone of George Krasides on clarinet capture the essence of this lyrical work.
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