FLOROS FLORIDIS - "F.L.O.R.O. I"; "F.L.O.R.O. II", JND Records
www.florosfloridis.com

If jazz was a universal language, then Greece would certainly have some musicians to be proud of. One of those is multi-instrumentalist Floros Floridis. Having collaborated with musicians as diverse as Nicky Skopelitis, Carlos Zingaro, Peter Kowald, Marc Montera, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker and Phil Wachsmann, since the late 70's he has devoted himself to the passion of creating improvised music, trying to shred any misconceptions anyone may have had about Greek jazz. Over the course of these two albums [released on his own JND Records label], he stretches himself and shines as one of Greece's most crucial improvisational voices. Greece's indigenous melodies are deeply imbedded in Floros's heart. You can clearly hear how the bulk of 'F.L.O.R.O. I' [Fly Low Oder Roll Over] is a pure reflection of folk music as heard through Floros and his sextet. The pieces are highly melodic while retaining a certain kind of edge. These are simple melodies that swerve off into many paths all at once. Especially joyous are exchanges between trumpeter Pandelis Stoikos and clarinet player Vasilis Komatas. It's these two that oftentimes set the themes for each of the tracks. Floros' alto sax work of course keeps everyone in check. He is after all the leader of this band and there is nothing that could possibly occur that could eradicate his ultimate control. What is also surprising is the electrifying work of guitarist Vangelis Tsotridis. In between the point-counterpoints, he's actually allowed to take a brief guitar solo that often times sounds as if it magically appeared from the psychedelic era.

All in all, this is a very tight record, rich in splendid sounds as it is in musical ideas. 'F.L.O.R.O. II' [Fictional Lies On Right Occasions] is a different side of the man altogether. Instead of more traditional, almost folk-like melodies heard on the first part, we tread deeply into the mind of a serious improviser. For this session, Floros chose guitarist Babis Papadopoulos in order to aid in his journey. While there is much over-blowing on this record, there are also many serene, almost tender moments. Check out 'Folk etc', as Babis builds haunting loops on his electric guitar, while Floros provides accompanying gentle blows on his clarinet. The mood is unforgettably calming. In other places, as on 'Fearless Guys', Babis' style reminds me of a more restrained Sonny Sharrock. With his rough-edged plucking, he's yelling rough discourses of unreason, while Floros solos around him on soprano. These are the pieces that make this album such a crucial one. Sometimes, it's the duo scenarios that are most rewarding.

Tom Sekowski


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