KFJC Reviews

From KFJC:

Mazurek, Rob Quintet – “Sound Is” – [Delmark]

The album “Sound Is” is aptly named because the tracks are not so much tunes but more a wash of sound. Cornet player, keyboardist, and composer Rob Mazurek now lives in Brazil, but was in his native Chicago to record with these excellent musician friends. I was especially impressed by Jason Adasiewicz’s vibraphone – he strikes me as a most interesting contemporary player of this instrument.

Wilkes, Corey & Abstrakt Pulse – “Cries From Tha Ghetto” – [Pi Recordings]

Wide variety of sounds from the exceptional young jazz trumpeter Corey Wilkes. This CD features new and original takes for everything from hard bop to straight ahead. Four very short tracks called Abstrakt feature members of the ensemble in free improvisation. Particularly fine work from guitarist Scott Hesse and Kevin Nabors on tenor sax.

Akritas – “First Drop of My Life, The/Pan” – [Anazitisi Records]

Bundled with the “Akritas” 12? comes this one and only 7? 1973 single of “The First Drop of My Life’ and “Pan” from Greek band Akritas. Stavros Logarides does vocals, guitar, and bass, Giorgos Tsoupakis is on drums, and Aris Tasoulis is on organ for “First Drop” and piano for “Pan.” After a mellow and somewhat mournful beginning, “First Drop” picks up with a chorus and jazzy outro. “Pan” is my preferred track, with its quick-tempo piano and chorus at the beginning, and Logarides’ distinctive voice and guitar closing out the song. The lyrics may be in Greek, but the progressive rock on this offering has a universal appeal.

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