All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

374

Athanasopoulos-Pin Jazz Quartet: Modern Money Mechanics

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Guitarist Marcos Pin and saxophonist Thanos Athanasopoulos show their passion for jazz and social consciousness in Modern Money Mechanics, their second release on the Spanish-based Freecode label. To paraphrase Dicken's famous novel, this release might be dubbed a A Tale of Many Cities, as its diversity juxtaposes jazz's roots and modernism.

Highly accomplished artists who met years ago at a music conservatory in Holland, Pin and Athanasopoulos formed the quartet with drummer LAR Legido and bassist/Free Code founder Paco Charlin. Their influences are exhibited from the onset of "Ken Saro Wiwa," an exhilarating track dedicated to the slain Nigerian environmental activist. It's a nice segue to the Afro-centric beat of "Don't Drink the Blackwater," a tongue-in-cheek reference to the corporate and private funding of weapons. Equally persuasive compositions include the effervescent "Fragment," dedicated to the great Charlie Parker and Pin's "She Wakes Up and Smiles," as his masterful chords work harmoniously with Athanasopoulos' Dexter Gordon-like tonality.

The three abstract pieces—the title track, "Unlike A Rolling Stone" and "Banker's Suite (Burned Nicely...)" are fascinating, exploratory gems which are far too brief; whereas Pin's "Waltz For Melina" gives everyone ample room to bask in its warm glow. Another highlight is "Bagheera's Dilemma" which morphs between a hip Middle Eastern tempo and cool swing. Like a spark to gasoline, "Gordon's Bleu" is combustible; the band swings with much energy as if Dexter Gordon himself was in the studio. This amalgam of styles might dissuade some, but the crux of the matter is heard in the group's flawless performances and compositional savvy.

Track Listing: Ken Saro Wiwa; Don't Drink the Blackwater; Fragment; Waltz For Melina; Unlike A Rolling Stone; Dogsy; She Wakes Up and Smiles; Modern Money Mechanics; Swing Flu; Bagheera's Dilemma; Banker's Suite (Burned Nicely..); Gordon's Bleu.

Personnel: Marcos Pin: guitar; Thanos Athanasopoulos: saxopones; Paco Charlin: bass; LAR Legido: drums.

Title: Modern Money Mechanics | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Free Code Jazz Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read My Singing Fingers CD/LP/Track Review
My Singing Fingers
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Ain't It Grand? CD/LP/Track Review
Ain't It Grand?
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 25, 2018
Read If Not Now, When? CD/LP/Track Review
If Not Now, When?
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Perfectly Unhappy CD/LP/Track Review
Perfectly Unhappy
by Gareth Thompson
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Sorrows & Triumphs CD/LP/Track Review
Sorrows & Triumphs
by Jerome Wilson
Published: May 25, 2018
Read Half Light CD/LP/Track Review
Half Light
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 24, 2018
Read "The Best of the Grateful Dead Live" CD/LP/Track Review The Best of the Grateful Dead Live
by Doug Collette
Published: April 27, 2018
Read "Twio" CD/LP/Track Review Twio
by Phil Barnes
Published: May 2, 2018
Read "Setembro" CD/LP/Track Review Setembro
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 26, 2017
Read "E.S.T. Symphony" CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 26, 2017
Read "Meet Me At Minton's" CD/LP/Track Review Meet Me At Minton's
by James Nadal
Published: June 17, 2017
Read "Atody Man" CD/LP/Track Review Atody Man
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 5, 2018