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Panagiotis Andreou

Greek-born bass player Panagiotis Andreou belongs to dynamic group of New York creative musicians redefining the contemporary music scene. A sonic alchemist, he is transforming electronic jazz, Latin and Balkan music through cross-fertilization, freely mixing heavy doses of funk, dazzling vocal improvisations and rhythmic variety across traditional genre boundaries. Al Di Meola calls Panagiotis a “rarity that the music world here needs in his ethnic knowledge and musical diversity!” His remarkable ability to integrate an Eastern European/Balkan harmonic and rhythmic sensibility with the funky polyrhythms of Afro-Cuban music and global jazz is unparalleled

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Orkestra Eustoria: HyperGiant Hi-Fi

Read "HyperGiant Hi-Fi" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bringing together an international assortment of forward-thinkers, Peter Sparacino looks far and wide with the music he presents on the debut from Orkestra Eustoria. Dealing with cellular-level ideals and astronomical designs, both of which can be gleaned from the album cover, this New York-based saxophonist finds himself in front of a powerful pack that can stop ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass

Read "Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

My first encounter with Panagiotis Andreou was while covering a bass workshop that included him along with the likes of Richard Bona (Zawinul Syndicate, Mike Stern), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Dwayne “Mono Neon" Thomas (Prince, Ghost Note) and Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles). All of these players seemed humbled by each other's presence during the opening ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Arcamone: Psalm

Read "Psalm" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A fusion guitar album with a difference: Connecticut guitarist/composer Dan Arcamone wrote pieces based on some of saxophonist John Coltrane's most complex chord progressions ("Giant Steps," “Countdown," “Satellite," and “26-2")—all dating from his Atlantic Records period, and sometimes called “Coltrane changes." He and his trio (bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Steve Pruitt) then treated them as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Filtron M: Astoria Roots Live

Read "Astoria Roots Live" reviewed by James Nadal

In a genuine international collaborative effort, with sessions recorded in New York and Zurich, Astoria Roots Live showcases the eclectic sounds of Filtron M, performing in a live setting. Launched as a musicians' collective based out of New York under the direction of pianist/composer Manu Koch, this project has expanded into Europe and integrated musicians from ...

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Lorenzo Gasperoni

Read "Lorenzo Gasperoni" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. James Brown with Oliver Nelson Conducting Louie Bellson Orchestra--Soul on Top -(King Records-1970). James Brown si mette in gioco ancora una volta. Soul on Top è un lavoro incredibile dove Mr. Brown cambia gli abiti per diventare il crooner di una jazz big band composta da musicisti straordinari. Pathos, energia e raffinatezza, un disco ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Baltazanis: End Of Seas

Read "End Of Seas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The bounding main knows no single shape, size, or direction. It's both timeless in nature and organic in its arc and flow. Greek guitarist Costas Baltazanis seems to intuitively understand those facts. His is a music that taps into the water's vastness, appreciates its beauty, respects and harnesses its strengths, and rides the ever-adjusting tides.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jason Lindner: Beyond the Solo

Read "Jason Lindner: Beyond the Solo" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Jason Linder has been at the center of modern jazz's evolution for nearly two decades. His distinctive and flexible piano and synthesizer sound have placed him in a bewildering array of musical contexts and whether it's accompanying Anat Cohen, collaborating with Dafnis Prieto, or challenging the very edges of contemporary jazz--edges he has helped carve--Lindner consistently ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Matt Dickey's "Try This at Home" CD Release Party at the Williamsburg Music Center on December 16

Matt Dickey's "Try This at Home" CD Release Party at the Williamsburg Music Center on December 16

After a production process of nearly four years, Matt Dickey brings you Try This At Home, a collection of original, instrumental jazz/funk infused with latin, african, hip-hop and electronic flavors. Larger sized ensemble arrangements and rhythm section improvisations round out more than 73 minutes of tasty, funky grooves. The recording was done 99% in his basement ...


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