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George Spanos: Reflections 2

Read "Reflections 2" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As the album title implicates, these works composed by New York City-based drummer George Spanos (John Zorn, Ikue Mori, The Downtown Avengers) derive inspiration from past and present events. Then again, many artists use life's experiences for vehicles of expression. His second date as a leader bridges avant-garde jazz with conventional melody-making, along with musicians who possess impressive credentials. There are some standout compositions on this studio date. The festivities are launched with “Daydreamer," highlighted by keyboardist Leo ...

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George Spanos: Dreams Beyond

Read "Dreams Beyond" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer George Spanos' exodus from Greece to New York City has resulted in a speedy indoctrination into its fertile nu-jazz scene, performing at The Stone and other popular venues with notables such as electronics wiz Ikue Mori and cellist Erik Friedlander. But Spanos has made the rounds in Europe and Canada, where disparate influences have cultivated his musical persona, evidenced on the rebel rousing and experimental Dreams Beyond, enacted with alternating personnel. The album opens with a trio ...


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