Alaniaris Live at Somewhere There
Based in Toronto, Canada, guitar trio ALANIARIS might seem like an odd type of ensemble to specialize in Greek music fused with Jazz, Rock, and improv, all underpinned by a seeming obsession with surf music (and perhaps punk rock). On "Live at Somewhere There" (Trio 11), the group (Michael Kaler, b; Ken Aldcroft, g; Mark Zurawinski, d) present thirteen tracks that speak to the unpredictability of their approach, one that works well and will appeal to those that enjoy guitar-based instrumental music. As for the Greek-influenced and traditional tracks, "Oli Rebetes Tou Donia" is a joyous surf ride, "Hasaposerviko" is a rockin' bounce, "Zeimbekiko" is a laid-back, yet prickly excursion while "Mangas from Votaniko" presents the group in ballad mode. As for the group compositions, the backbeat-driven "Pierotik Panic" fits in well with the edgy Eastern skronk of "East Of Baghdad," the unraveling drama of "Long Slow One" and the gutsy "A Sunny Day In Space." A boon for guitar trio fans looking for non-traditional flair within the influences of Greek traditions.