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Hello everyone, back with you to share with you what’s new and upcoming jazz releases. On today, I’m featuring the long anticipated release by unsung bassist Anthony Jackson along with his and producer/bassist Yiorgos Fakanas on Jackson’s debut recording “Interspirit.” Fusion fans who consistently hunger for challenging music will find this project more then fascinating, provocative and definitely satisfying to the discriminating souls … —Rob Young

Anthony Jackson & Yiorgos Fakanas - Interspirit

Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas | Interspirit – [AbstractLogix, 2010]


For over 40 years Anthony Jackson has been the bassist’s bassist; the man most admired by his peers for his groundbreaking groove work in jazz and pop with the likes of Billy Paul, the O’Jays, Buddy Rich, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Chick Corea, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Al DiMeola, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Steve Khan’s Eyewitness, Luther Vandross, Lee Ritenour, Michel Petrucciani, Pat Metheny, Michel Camilo, Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz. Jackson’s conception and invention of the 6-string contrabass guitar led to further lauding from his low-end colleagues and resulted in the global standardization of extended-range basses, changing the sound of contemporary music from the bottom up. Additionally, Anthony’s landmark use of a pick and phase shifter on the O’Jays’ smash, “For the Love of Money,” revealed a unique sound and approach that remains one of his signatures. About the only milestone missing from Jackson’s remarkable career is a feature album. Being neither a composer, nor known for taking solos, however, Anthony has resisted countless offers (beginning with one from Quincy Jones in 1978). Until now.

INTERSPIRIT’S co-leader, composer/bassist/producer Yiorgos Fakanas, also posesses a sterling resume. Greece’s most esteemed bass guitarist, his creative ouevre includes works for stage and film, extensive album production credits, hundreds of sessions as bassist alongside such international lumineries as Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Dennis Chambers, Anthony Jackson, Bireli Lagrene, Eric Marienthal, Alex Acuna, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Lenny White, Wallace Roney, Bob Franceschini, Tony Lakatos and others, plus a huge body of compositions encompassing everything from solo pieces to full orchestral works, and an extraordinarily comprehensive commitment to music education: Yiorgos heads the most famous new-music conservatory in Greece, with over 600 students and 65 faculty, and has published 17 textbooks. His proposition, in 2007, to realize an album featuring both players, had instant credibility for Anthony. Yiorgos suggested composing contemporary chamber music utilizing a rhythm section, horn section and string quintet. Jackson would then be able to define his role, choosing two of his strengths: Reviving and advancing his picking technique to fully interpret Fakanas’s extremely challenging melodies (including double tracking them, often an octave apart), and providing the written as well as his own improvised bass lines behind soloists–a skill at which he is without equal. Fakanas, a supremely accomplished player in his own right, would contribute all (five) of the bass solos, and share the accompaniment duties. The two bassists, possessing very different playing styles, would create a unique character for the record–a strong, rich and aggressive patina, seldom heard elsewhere. Recorded in 2009, in Athens and Connecticut, the CD brings together many of Greece’s finest jazz and classical musicians–including alto saxophonist Takis Paterelis and trombonist Antonis Andreou–while starring such international heavyweights as drummer Dave Weckl, guitarist Frank Gambale, keyboardist Mitch Forman and saxophonist Tony Lakatos.

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Musicians: Anthony Jackson (Contrabass Guitar); Yiorgos Fakanas (Bass); Frank Gambale (Guitar); Dave Weckl (Drums); Mitch Forman (Keyboards); Takis Paterelis (Alto Sax); Tony Lakatos (Tenor Sax); Antonis Andreou (Trombone); Mihail Iosifov (Trumpet) – Releasing Feb 15, 2010. Abstract Logix Label Release.

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