Andreas Hourdakis has Underworld out soon: Listen to his single 'Craftsman'

Known mainly in the UK anyway for his contrasting much more prog-jazz work playing with Magnus Öström check 'Craftsman' by Andreas Hourdakis here in relaxed ''modern mainstream'' guitar trio formation (guitar/double bass/drums), a slight …

Published: 6 Oct 2020. Updated: 14 days.

Known mainly in the UK anyway for his contrasting much more prog-jazz work playing with Magnus Öström check 'Craftsman' by Andreas Hourdakis here in relaxed ''modern mainstream'' guitar trio formation (guitar/double bass/drums), a slight ''swinging'' lilt to the detailed and extensive piece, the improvisational arc containing plenty of drama. The piece keeps you guessing. The guitarist's timbral dexterity adds, dare I say, twanging character.

The album itself is to be released on the Swedish Bolero Records label on 23 October. Some listings do not include 'Craftsman' on it (eg one distributor's info), other info (eg Bandcamp) asserts that it is on the album. The track might be that relative rarity, at least for jazz, a single that is not on an album. Otherwise the tracks are 'Aiwass,' 'Midnight,' 'On Matter,' 'Ganymede,' 'The Express' and title track 'Underworld.'

As an individual entity standing back from the detail and going for an overview, 'Craftsman' more than holds its head up high in terms of content because the structure allows for plenty of diversions but does not seem like a number of recondite tangents. Both double bassist Martin Höper and drummer Ola Winkler are very committed and push rather than pull Hourdakis back regardless of the tempo or dynamics. Photo: via Bandcamp.

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Glasper signs a new publishing deal & BlackRadio 3 is to be released by Loma Vista

The hugely influential Emmy and Grammy winning jazz, neosoul and hip-hop inspired US pianist, bandleader, composer and songwriter Robert Glasper has signed a publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing. The deal spans his song catalogue and future …

Published: 6 Oct 2020. Updated: 14 days.

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The hugely influential Emmy and Grammy winning jazz, neosoul and hip-hop inspired US pianist, bandleader, composer and songwriter Robert Glasper has signed a publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing. The deal spans his song catalogue and future work, according to a press release, Concord Music Publishing partnering with Loma Vista Recordings who next year will release BlackRadio 3. 'Better Than I Imagined' introduces the album.

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