MIHAI IORDACHE
Avant-Garde Jazz / (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion / Classic Fusion • Romania

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Iordache was born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania, and began playing saxophone in 1990. His first influences were Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman.

In the early 90's he played with Harry Tavitian's Blues Community.

Between '96 and '99 he played with pianist Lucian Ban's Jazz Unit, then with bassist Vlaicu Golcea's Rebop Factory. In '99 he was asked to play alto with Orient Express, a 9-piece band led by pianist Harry Tavitian and recorded the album "Axis Mundi".

After discovering Sun Ra and reading his biography by John Szwed, he started a band called "Outer Space Seven", a septet dedicated to Sun Ra's music. After two concerts, it had turned into "Outer Space Five", for obvious reasons.

Around 2001 after an event which changed some of his ideas about life he started writing his own music. At first it was performed alongside the Sun Ra material by the Outer Space Five (with
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Friday (featuring Tom Smith)
Classic Fusion 2003
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dissipatin'
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2005
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One Life Left
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2012
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Garden Beast
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2013

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Cheap Fun
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
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hesitations
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
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The Lazy Prince
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
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Start From Scratch
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
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Abstract Dynamics (with Sorin Romanescu)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009

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MIHAI IORDACHE One Life Left

Album · 2012 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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Certainly the ongoing post bop revival has been great for jazz; smooth jazz is fading fast, fuzak is almost gone and play-by-numbers cookie cutter 80s fusion is dead. Current young post bop artists have raised the bar for what is expected of today’s jazz musician, both in terms of creativity and technique. Much of this new music is good, but what about the sly humor that was always a big part of jazz? Today’s post-bopper tends to be a bit dry and cerebral, but if you look at many of the greats in the past, a certain hip wit was a big part of their language. Parker had it, so did Ellington and Gillespie, and it all pretty much culminated into sometimes absurd levels with one Sonny Blount aka Sun Ra. The first time I listened to Iordache’s new CD “One Life Left”, I thought I heard a distinct Sun Ra influence. Turns out Iordache started out his career leading a Sun Ra cover band, needless to say he gets the humor and he brings this back to the world of jazz in very understated and clever ways. “One Life left” isn’t silly or glib at all, but it is very witty, cool and hip.

Iordache leads a seven piece band on here including himself and Lucian Nagy on woodwinds, plus trumpet, bass, drums and two guitars. Guitarist Toni Kuhn also doubles on a very funky analog sounding synthesizer too. The three horns, and sometimes flute, combine with the electronic guitars and keyboards to create instrumental textures that work perfectly with the music they play. Drawing upon elements of cool jazz, nu jazz, exotica and lounge funk, Iordache’s tone colors can sound like Herbie’s “Speak Like a Child”, Jagga Jazzist, Snarky Puppy, Henry Mancini, Gil Evans or Dolphy's "Hot Cool and Latin". “One Life Left” is new cool jazz for the 21st, with lots of odd quirky eccentricities to boot.

Some album highlights include “Peace” with its classic mid-90s trip-hop down tempo beat and lush vibratoed chords on the electric piano, and “Suriname” which opens with smooth horn orchestrations backing an exotic synth melody that recalls the old Don Ellis experimental big band. This is a very creative and well executed album. To the serious post bop fan this CD may seem a little light, but these players are not light weight at all, they just prefer to keep their cool, with their tongues planted in cheek.

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