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Andriotis, Strat: Night Manager

Strat Andriotis, born in Greece and now residing in Hamilton, Ontario, has released three albums with pianist Tom Carney as well as three solo albums beginning with Liars Incorporated (2014), Less Off Patient (2016) and his new release Night Manager. I became familiar with the artist after reviewing the Less Off Patient album.

The new album explores gypsy flavoured jazz and features Andriotis’ outstanding acoustic guitar along with violin courtesy of Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Flock). Adrean Farrugia and Gonzalo Rubalcaba add piano on three tracks.

This is a very tastefully executed acoustic album with the pairing of acoustic guitar and violin working remarkably well. Andriotis’ guitar virtuosity shines on the first track “Song 21” also featuring a tasty piano solo from Rubalcaba. Add Goodman’s violin solo to Andriotis’ fast guitar licks and you have the makings of some fine jazz fusion music. The violin on “Secrets” is quite intense and the fast guitar runs make for another nice slice of gypsy influenced jazz. The next two tracks; “Chili’s Blues” and “Can’t Wait” have a bluesier touch. The easy flowing arrangements, including some excellent piano from Farrugia on “Chili’s Blues” is pure class. One of the prettiest tracks is “Avid” where the violin and guitar work marvelously together, each taking turns with some incredibly fast runs without losing the nuanced melodies along the way. Another highlight has to be Goodman’s violin tones in “Feverpitch”, the song’s title telling you all you need to know.

Night Manager is a very nice acoustic jazz album, superbly produced and arranged with great musicianship throughout. Fans of acoustic guitar will want to give this some attention. Recommended.

Track Listing:
1. Song 21
2. Secrets
3. Chili’s Blues
4. Can’t Wait
5. Avid
6. Feverpitch
7. The Arrival
8. I Hear A Rhapsody

Added: January 10th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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