Progressive Jazz from1967 USA. One of my fave lp. 4 killer tracks at least .One of the more unusual recordings in Phil Woods' considerable discography, Greek Cooking features the alto saxophonist leading a tentet with a distinctly Greek flavor, including four Greek musicians. None of them have become household names in jazz, though oud player George Mgrdichian later sat in with the Dave Brubeck Quartet during a few concerts. First press has gatefold cover
About Iordanis Tsomidis A little bit about JORDAN He was born in 1933 in Kokkinia(Piraeaus) from parents refugees with origin from Sampsoynta. In the age of 12 years he began to learn mpoyzoyki and violin and later he began to present himself in small theatres as child-talent. At the same time he got into classic sports and in 1950 was nominated champion in Greece in the 5.000 metres in the category of adolescents. The same roughly season he will make the first professional steps in the popular song, participating in popular orchestras that toured the nightclubs of province: in Volos, in Arta,in Preveza, in Thessalonica and in Agrinio. Turning in Piraeus, he will work in the nightclub of “Peribola” in Kokkinia, with the famous Prodromos Tsaoysakis. From it was then established as one of the best mpoyzoyki players in popular stages. In 1957 Jordan, like many other other skilfull mpoyzoyki players, goes to America. For 15 roughly years he plays on stages of New York, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Holywood, Las Vegas,and many more. There he becomes wellknown not only to his Greek fellow countrymen, but also in the American listeners, acquiring famous friends and admirers, such as Jack Nickolson, Jane Fonda, Sirley Maklein and many others. In 1973 Jordan returns to Greece and tries to make his own night club. Unfortunately he didn't make it and he was forced to go abroad again. He plays again in America and then in concerts all over Europe, in various cities of England, Holland and Germany. During his time there he recorded a lot of disks, among them is a jazz disk (Greek cooking) that was recorded in 1966 with sax player Phil Woods and other musicians of the multinational scene of New York. The last decade Tsomidis choose to work in small clubs, where his mpoyzoyki had the leading role. The first thing that became immediately clear to the shopkeepers, and also to the customers was that Jordan would go up on stage only when he felt like it and usually that was at the late hours after 2 o clock in the morning. His program was based on the following logic: “There is no program, we play whatever we like whenever we like it”. The improvisation was a basic characteristic of Tsomidis skill, contrary to the modern everyday routine, where in most if not all the shops the instrumentalists are forced to function in the service of “singer-trade name”, playing almost the role of a well programmed Jukebox. Jordan's improvisations (taksimi) were something special. His luthier and friend Panagiotis Varlas says characteristically: “Jordan can play a taksimi for half an hour , without repeating not even one phrase, without copying a single note”. For Jordan we can say with no doubt that he was one of the richest mpoyzoyki players, not rich in money but in sound, variety and feelings. Rip 2006 ...We will remember you always.
1.ZORBA THE GREEK
2.A TASTE OF HONEY
3.THEME FROM ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
4.GOT A FEELIN'
5.THEME FROM SAMSON & DELILAH
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!