[Music] Kyriakos Sfetsas – Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol​.​1


Kyriakos Sfetsas is originally from Lefkadia an island in Greece, and started this particular band in the mid-1970s in order to expand the boundaries of what Greek traditional music is.  Apparently, there is a lot more music of his which has yet to be released.  This is as fine an intro to his works as one could hope for.

Much love to Teranga Beat, the Senegalese label which will release this masterpiece on May 25, 2018.

[Music] Sean Khan, Hermeto Pascoal – Palmares Fantasy featuring Hermeto Pascoal


Many thanks to Andrew Jervis over at Bandcamp Weekly for not only sharing Sean Khan’s work but for a stellar interview with a young man who will be seen as one of the UK’s leading lights of new jazz.

[Music] Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing Is Ordinary

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All About Jazz does a splendid job interviewing Leonardo Pavkovic, whose imprint MoonJune Records has released some of the most vital discs of the past five years in the field of jazz and avant-progressive rock.

[Music] NDIO – Airback

Saxophonist Frank van der Kooij was a member of the Hugh Hopper Band for many years. When that project finally closed up shop, Frank asked Hugh to participate in a new project, NDIO. This is one of the fruits from that collaboration.

[Music] Gunesh – Гунеш LP​/​CD (1980)

Gunesh (or, more appropriately, The Gunesh Ensemble) was a jazz-prog outfit led by one of the world’s most incredible and entertaining percussionist, the late Rishad Shafi, who died in 2014.

Presch Media GmbH has done a wonderful service in reissuing their 1980 debut, which is less flashy or jazzy, but very mellow, progressive, and showing a glimpse of their future greatness.

The good news is that the band is apparently carrying on, and judging by the mp3s I’m hearing on their website, they will be in good hands for some time to come.

 

[Music] Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet: Eight Winds (ECM 2407)

Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet Eight Winds Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra Yann Keerim piano Dimitris Tsekouras bass Dimitris Emanouil drums Recorded April 2014 at Sierra Studios, Athens Engineer: Giorgos Karyotis Produced by Manfred Eicher U.S. release date: January 15, 2016 Sokratis Sinopoulos is a master of the lyra, a bowed instrument whose lilt has polished a handful of […]

via Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet: Eight Winds (ECM 2407) — between sound and space: ECM Records and Beyond

Straight from ECM Records‘ site, the label introduces us to the music of Sokratis Sinopoulos.  What gorgeous listening for this Eastern Orthodox Christmas Eve!