Andreas Hourdakis – Underworld (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:02 minutes | 575 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Bolero Recordings
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.
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.
“one of the most distinctive guitar voices in European jazz” – London Jazz News ”Andreas Hourdakis is a fantastic guitarist” (Dagens Nyheter)
”This is one of the most creative jazztranslations of Dylan’s work” (Downbeat)
1. Andreas Hourdakis – Unto a Star
2. Andreas Hourdakis – Craftsman
3. Andreas Hourdakis – Talos Run
4. Andreas Hourdakis – Aiwass
5. Andreas Hourdakis – Midnight
6. Andreas Hourdakis – On matter
7. Andreas Hourdakis – Ganymede
8. Andreas Hourdakis – The Express
9. Andreas Hourdakis – Underworld