This 31-minute seven-song Album has plenty of catchy rhythms, passionate solos from Ohno and Nichting, and heated statements from Xifaras who in addition to his blazing guitar, is also heard in an accompanying role on keyboards.
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“Peter combines delicate single-note melodies with harmonics, and intersperses chords with quick, melodic runs that fit together with tremendous cohesion” - Mike Varney, Guitar Player Magazine
On the new album, Peter takes out his Les Paul and WOWS our ears with some of the best fusion you'll ever listen to. One of the best albums I've listened to yet!
Playing guitar and keyboards, Peter Xifaras brings together a team of Shunzo Ohno/tp, Xander Nichting/vi, Max Geri/b and Scott Jackson/dr with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra to mix jazz, funk and soul. There’s a push on the groove here, with the keyboards riding the 6/8 feel of “Chaos” and Ohno hip to the jive on “Shunzo”. Gerl digs in deep on “Wild and Free” with Jackson going hip hop on the backbeat of “ B Blues” Xifaras gives a dreamy guitar solo on ”While My Guitar Weeps for Mehdi Rajabian” and his keyboards splash out a toe tapper on the upbeat “Till We Meet Again”. A tower of power!
Straight off his American Prize and Telly Award accolades for his Children of Conflict EP, a thematically social justice project recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, veteran guitarist Peter Xifaras doesn’t skip a beat, pushing his eclectic spirit to another inventive career crescendo on his perfectly titled album Fusion.
Weeping trumpet, pulsating rhythms and vibrant percussion are just the beginning of a wonderful Jazz fusion album from Peter Xifaras, as he moves away from his more recent orchestral compositions to enter with exuberance, the complex and varied world of Jazz with FUSION.
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A lot of fusion music just sounds like repetitive loops, but Peter Xifaras and his group offer us much more. His compositions lend themselves to creative melodies and they stabilize the tunes with beautifully played improvisational solos.
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“A variety of instrumentation and styles makes Peter’s music an innovative world adventure as many styles of music effortlessly glide across the fret board” - Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar
While My Guitar Weeps for Mehdi Rajabian, performed by Peter Xifaras and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, pays homage to the bravery and tenacity of an Iranian artist imprisoned for working with female dancers and musicians, something which has been banned since the 1979 Islamic revolution.