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Modern Money Mechanics

by Athanasopoulos-pin Jazz Quartet

A concept album that breaks the borders of "old" and "modern" jazz. Rooted in the tradition and at the same time experimental.Traveling through hard bop, modal, and free improvisation it leaves an impression as an album and not as a compilation of tunes.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ken Saro Wiwa
5:41 $0.99
2. Don't Drink the Blackwater
1:10 $0.99
3. Fragment
6:22 $0.99
4. Waltz For Melina
7:55 $0.99
5. Unlike A Rolling Stone
1:15 $0.99
6. Dogsy
6:26 $0.99
7. She Wakes Up and Smiles
6:48 $0.99
8. Modern Money Mechanics
1:24 $0.99
9. Swing Flu
4:34 $0.99
10. Bagheera's Dilemma
9:54 $0.99
11. Banker's Suite (Burned Nicely..)
0:48 $0.99
12. Gordon's Bleu
5:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Marcos Pin (guitar) and Thanos Athanasopoulos (saxes) met in Holland during their studies at the royal conservatory of the Hague. Soon they developed a personal and musical friendship that led to the founding of this quartet in 2003. Since then, they use this band as a vehicle to work on and perform their own compositions. They kept the band active, performing regularly club dates and festivals in Holland and Spain, although today they live in different countries. In 2007 they recorded their first album together with bassist Paco Charlin and LAR Legido on drums. The record met a warm welcome from critics and public. You can read some of the reviews in:
On October 2009 the band recorded their second album. It is a hard swinging, concept album that succeeds to break the borders of “modern” and “old” jazz. Always solidly rooted in the tradition they travel through 50’s hard bop, modal and free jazz proving that different styles are not meant to limit the expression but to expand it. This is a record that you will want to listen to once more, immediately after it is finished..

Liner notes of Modern Money Mechanics:
You are holding in your hands our second cd as a band, two years after the release of “knock before”, released also by Free Code Jazz Records, an independent record company from Galicia, the northwest of Spain.
This time, October 2009 that is, my trip to Galicia was a little bit longer than usual. That gave me the opportunity to spend some more time together with Marcos and the band and to engage in long conversations in various interesting subjects such as art, music in general and jazz in particular, the music business, but also about the situation of the world, the so called “economic crisis”, corporal crimes, environmental crisis, and of course about women in general and sex in particular. All these subjects were stretched in length over lunches, dinners, beers, car trips, concert intermissions, more beers, trips back, more dinners and more beers. I must say it was a lot of fun. We had some really good laughs and we re looking forward, I think, to our next meeting. Another good thing is that we exchanged knowledge and we saw that apolitical as we all are, we agreed politically very much and I think that anybody with a common sense, a healthy perception of what is good and what is bad, would agree with us too.
So the recording was made in an atmosphere of social and political awareness and we agreed that we should try to communicate that through the music. After all, art should have a social role; it shouldn’t be a plain, narcissistic, exhibition of chops. But how do you do that with instrumental music? We don’t play hip hop… There are no lyrics in our music… We decided to add up to the atmosphere by recording some free tracks where a political subject was the only starting point that we had in order to play together. So I’ll just give you the themes to put you in the atmosphere of the record too... I hope you enjoy listening...
Track one is dedicated to Ken Saro Wiwa. Search and read his story if you don’t know it. Oil countries are not always so lucky. Wiwa was executed years ago already but it was around the time when I wrote this tune, I heard that Shell paid off his relatives (with 15millions I think) in order to cancel the trial against her.
Track two was improvised with the world’s war industry in mind and the private one in particular. Less than 1% of what is spent worldwide for weapons every year could put all children of the world in school…
Track three is dedicated to Charlie Parker.
Track four is a gift of Marcos to my daughter.
Track five was improvised with mother earth in mind.
Track six is to life…
Track seven is for Melina. (Again).
Track eight is to capitalism. Yes if something is free today it is the market… By the way 80% of the population lives in poverty. 20% of the population owns the 75% of world’s wealth.
Track nine is for pharmaceutical companies. The last flu was baptized an “epidemic” and made them several billions, as the vaccination was invented immediately. At the same time diseases in Africa kill hundreds of thousands every year but are not worth of research, or mentioning in the news, no money there…
Track ten is a question. Is civilized world good enough for our children?
Just 400 people in the world, (0.000008%) own more than 7% of world’s wealth
Track eleven is dedicated to all 400 of them. Bankers, managers, stock market experts... We would be much better off without them...
And track twelve is for Dexter Gordon.

Enjoy the music! Special thanks to Paco and Luis Alberto. You made our music live!

Thanos Athanasopoulos



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