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Yiorgos Fakanas

In 1980 he participated in the historic recording of Manos Hadjidakis’(composer of the Oscar- winning score for the famous film “Never on Sunday”) “Lilipoupolis”, and since then has taken part in numerous recordings by other composers, totaling over 700 albums. He formed the group ISKRA, which was to become the first jazz-fusion group in the country, and he participated in the EUROJAZZ orchestra as the only Greek representative, touring all of Europe. He has 7 CDs as a leader (A New day, Parastasis, Horizon, Amorosa, Stand Art, Echoes and Domino), with the contributions of many Greek and foreign musicians, including Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Wallace Roney, Lenny White, Brett Garsed, Bob Franceschini and many others

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Charles Lloyd / Maria Farantouri: Athens Concert

Read "Athens Concert" reviewed by Ian Patterson

What might on the surface appear as a meeting of disparate minds--jazz with Byzantine airs--ignores the fact that multi-reed/woodwind player Charles Lloyd has been embracing the music of the world for half a century with singular conviction and grace. Greek classical singer Maria Farantouri is herself a musical adventurer and risk taker; over the course of ...

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Bassists Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas Interviewed at AAJ

Bassists Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas Interviewed at AAJ

It may come as a surprise to anyone wading through bass guitar giant Anthony Jackson's discography, which mind bogglingly totals over three thousand recordings, that he has never recorded a solo album. The legendary bassist--who has played with an astonishing variety of artists of the caliber of Chick Corea, Roberta Flack, the O'Jays, Buddy Rich, Paul ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirits

Read "Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirits" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It may come as a surprise to anyone wading through bass guitar giant Anthony Jackson's discography, which mind bogglingly totals over three thousand recordings, that he has never recorded a solo album. The legendary bassist--who has played with an astonishing variety of artists of the caliber of Chick Corea, Roberta Flack, the O'Jays, Buddy Rich, Paul ...

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Anthony Jackson / Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirit

Read "Interspirit" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Although receiving billing as Anthony Jackson's first solo CD in a career spanning four decades, this is really a tale of two bassists. Greek bassist/composer Yiorgos Fakanas wrote all the music on Interspirit and takes all five bass solos. The music, however, was composed with the formidably talented Jackson in mind, and his legions of admirers ...


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