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Music Soup
Music Soup is celebrating 10 years of music with the release of their project "Cut to the Chase" from Chicken Coup / Summit Records.

Evgenia Karlafti & Nestor Dimopoulos joined by the drummer Vangelis Kotzabasis , present nine original tunes,that showcase the unique sound of the band.

"The first time I listened to these tracks, I was driving around the streets of Athens, stuck in traffic; the last time, I was commuting in Melbourne. Two different cities, two different daily routines, same feeling of heart-warming joy in listening to this collection of groove-oriented tunes. Eyes closed, head bobbing, toe tapping, I find myself unable to stand still to the hard-swinging, high-energy blend of post-bop and deep funk that has become Music Soup’s trademark. Immersed to their world, I forget, momentarily, which part of the planet I am - which is precisely the point..." Nikos Fotakis (liner notes)

Evgenia Karlafti ; organ, piano, vocals
Nestor Dimopoulos; guitar
Vangelis Kotzabasis ; drums

Horn section on tracks 3 & 8; Antonis Andreou (trombone), Dimitris Papadopoulos (trumpet), Dimitri Vassilakis (tenor sax)
Horn section arrangements; Haris Ziouva
Anastasis Gouliaris drums on track 9

Recording & mixing; Yiannis Lampropoulos
Mastering; Tony Monaco
Cover artwork; Katerina Roussounelou


 “Karlafti and Nestor Dimopoulos have a wonderful thing going on with Music Soup, balancing the accessible and grooving with musically provocative material. One of the best organ dates of the year.” Jazz Views with C.J Shearn

…good stuff, swinging in intricate ways, funking and laying back… This is a band with its own personality. And it moves the organ trio ahead without a lot of the requisite Jimmy Smith cliches. Good job!  Grego Applegate, Gapplegate Music Review

Although the album "Cut To The Chase" is recorded in a studio, the flow of the nine tracks evokes a live recording; It has such momentum, energy and move! Nearly 52 minutes footage immersive and blood pumping...I highly recommend, this really is a very slick album! Jan Hocek, Jazzport

High fliers on the local Greek jazz scene, this trio is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a smoking B3 led set that is an appropriate discovery for a label led by a B3 player in the flesh. With everyone on board knowing their apples, we get a sense that jazz is the international language once again as everyone on board knows what to do and adds some other side of the world flavor to the B3 festivities. This organ is purely organic with a zesty taste drawn from Mediterranean soil. Check it out. Chris Spector, Midwest Record

I recognize immediately that these serious musicians are challenging the listener and themselves to play outside the box.(...) Music Soup is a good name for this trio of musicians because they embrace a mixed bag of styles and musical concepts that mirror their decade of playing together and their individual personalities... ... Because they have been working together for ten years, Music Soup has a tight, cohesive sound. Their music is well written and produced. On “Your Song” horns join the group. Special guests Dimitris Papadopoulos on trumpet, Dimitri Vassilakis on tenor sax and Antonis Andreou on trombone fatten the sound. However these horns, (nicely arranged by Haris Ziouva) are merely icing on the creative cake that Karlafti and Dimopoulos have baked. Nestor’s bluesy guitar and Evgenia Karlafti’s organ mastery are the fireworks of this production.  Dee Dee Mc Neal, Musical Memoires

All the music heard here is composed by Evgenia and Nestor and is richly varied, including intimate ballads and punchy up-tempo pieces that call to mind organ-guitar bands of earlier years, although here given a thoroughly modern makeover. Worth looking out for. Bruce Crowther, JazzMostly

....  back in Athens, this CD indicates that there is jazz of Olympian standard going on (...) Music Soup are, basically, an organ/guitar/drums trio augmented for this album by three horns. Karlafti can swing - think Shirley Scott and Dorothy Donegan and Evgenia is up there with them and quite a few of her male contemporaries! (...) Guitar is comparable with anything heard 'twixt Adriatic and Atlantic and the horns also have their moments in the Aegean sun... Cut To The Chase is described as hip, eclectic jazz from Greece and I, for one, won't argue with that.  Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken here

 You don’t hear a lot about jazz music from Greece, which is a shame, as they apparently have a very happening scene there. Music Soup may help heighten awareness of Greek expertise in the jazz world with their new CD, “Cut to the Chase”, which features a self-proclaimed ‘eclectic’ approach that covers hard bop, RnB, fusion and more. (...) Both Evgenia and Nestor are virtuoso performers. Evgenia sometimes has the expected bluesy soul jazz sound often associated with the B3, but she often takes on the more abstract post bop sounds of Larry Young, and even some European jazz-rock along the lines of Dave Stewart. Nestor reveals that he is a fan of Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and others, but often his mix of abstract harmonies and rhythmic blues may have you thinking John Scofield. “Cut to the Chase” opens strong with the title cut that mixes driving post bop with Greek influenced odd-metered fusion. This is an excellent direction for the band to pursue, and they return to a similar sound on “Senior Citizen” and “A New Start”. Other instrumental cuts include the bluesy groove of “Movin” and the Bossa-Nova flavor of “Skywalk”. The remaining four tracks feature Evgenia’s vocals on songs that range from ballads to dance oriented RnB. Evgenia is a great singer (...) Overall “Cut to the Chase” makes for a great introduction for Music Soup, and the flow of the tracks is very much like a live show.  John Sanders, Jazz  Music Archives

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