Greek bassist/composer Yiorgos Fakanas, who recently made his live U.S debut with Anthony Jackson, summons his trademark international lineup for his latest CD, an eclectic nod to Greek/American conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos. With help from drummer Alex Acuna, guitarist Bireli Lagrene, and keyboardist Scott Kinsey, the unit hits high fusion and jazz notes on “Volanta,” “Electra’s Blues,” and “Bird’s Fugue.” Even more impressive are the exotic classical/ chamber music/jazz mashups “Gloria,” “Orivasia,” and the title track. Fakanas is a bass force throughout, fearless on fretless, slapping with verve, stepping on effects, deftly chording on “Lake,” and conjuring up Wooten-like wizardry on the multi-bass track “Liberio.”
Anthony Jackson & Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirit [Abstract Logix]
After 30 years of offers from producers (beginning with Quincy Jones in the late ’70s), Anthony Jackson has released what he is calling his solo debut. As expected from one of the bass guitar’s most original, uncompromising, dynamic voices, the scenario and the music are on Anthony’s terms, and the result is both instantly electrifying and demanding of repeated deeper listening. To set the stage, Jackson’s friend, Greek composer and bassist Yiorgos Fakanas, proposed a project in which he would compose modern chamber music for rhythm section, horn section, and string quintet, affording Anthony whatever roles he wanted. For Jackson, that meant playing the ultra-challenging melodies (all with a pick, and often doubled in octaves) as well as manning both written and improvised bass lines. All bass solos come courtesy of the fully capable Fakanas.