Friday, March 11, 2011

Greeks in America

There were many skillful Greek artists who went to America in the 50s.
One of them, Iordanis Tsomidis (Jordan) the bouzouki player, leaves Greece in 1957 and goes to America where he becomes famous among artists. Friends and fans include Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda and Shirley Maklaine.
In 1966 he records Greek Cooking with sax player Phil Woods, a great jazz fusion.

Phil Woods, Iordanis Tsomidis - Greek Cooking

Gus Vali was born in New York. Hie parents were Greek immigrants. He studied in Manhattan School of Music and he played with great jazz musicians. He played the flute, clarinet and sax and always infused the Greek flavor to jazz and exotica or oriental music.
I believe his masterpiece is "Chimera" A Fantasy in Jazz-Rock-Mid-East Sounds. The groove is unique, the guitars sharp and the clarinet...
The album was released in 1974 and the sound remains fresh and timeless!

Gus Vali - Telly

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