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We Two - 2012

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Mimis Plessas: piano -  Christos Rafalides: vibraphone

Recorded & mixed by Christos Kosmas -
Recorded September 18th and 19th 2008 at Echo Recording Studios, Athens Greece
Digital Mastering by Theodore Chrisanthopoulos, Fabel Sound
Photography by Alexandras Lambrovassilis
Graphic Design by Nadja von Massow
nadworks, cb / Siula Grande Design
Produced by Christos Rafalides
Emarel Music/700953361806

"When Christos asked me if we could play something together, I responded favorably. But after listening to his version of a tune I love, "All The Things You Are", adapted to a 7/8 time signature, I told him without hesitation: "Son, with your talent, the only thing I can play with you is chess." —" This is how the legendary Mimis Plessas describes his first meeting with Christos Rafalides.
In the music world two artists performing or recording together is something that happens all the time. Nothing more trivial nothing more usual than a duet. But on rare occasions two artists click together so well; the match is so perfect, that the duet becomes anything but usual, anything but trivial.
It’s a perfect match. It’s magic.
Mimis Plessas and Christos Rafalides were born in the same corner of the world about half a century apart. They walked the same hills, swam the same waters and listened to the same sounds. At some point or another they both sat on the same bar stools of jazz clubs in the Village and performed on the same stages. Just at different times. So, when the two got together, Mimis Plessas hitting the first note on the piano and Christos Rafalides on the vibraphone, amazing music emerged — music composed so brilliantly, that although originally arranged for traditional instrumentation and vocals, it retains all its freshness and fervor in these brand new interpretations.
We Two, the first encounter of two outstanding virtuosos.
We Two, talent that bridges generations, music that transcends time
We Two recorded so that we too can feel the magic.
Enjoy.
Stelios Taketzis - New York, December 2012

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