a new artist these days has to undoubtedly be a labor of love. Just
imagine trying to get someone to listen and be objective to your voice
is almost impossible, that’s unless you’re striving to be an American
Idle (at least someone listens). Maybe its time for “us” as
music fans/consumers to stop being held hostage by the madness of the
American media blitz of advertising while we’re gazing in the over
cast skyline looking for that glimmer of light called stardom. It's
very important for us to establish an intimate relationship with the
inspiring voices of creative artists, they’re musical platter is filled
with colorful and visionary expressions of passion. In most cases
they’re music is non-commercial or draped with the cloned idealisms
that we’re faced with daily.
Consider this, “Mars in
October” by guitarist Mike Fageros. His voice and musical
direction draws from guitarist Roy Buchanan, Larry Coryell,
Pat Martino, and Wes Montgomery etc. Now, in this mostly
trio setting Fageros serves up a simmering dose of tasty
cool jazz that spans from the 60’s into an atmospheric groove of the
new millennium. Some people might say “old peoples music”
(referring to 60’s jazz). I think not! Because Mike Fageros
very well understands his instrument and respects the intimacy of this
music that he so admirably executes with passion.
Jovol Bell ~ drums, Delover Axel ~ bass on 2, 3, 4 and 7, Kato bass
on 1,5, 6 & 8, and Mike Fageros guitarist
Out of the eight tracks on “Mars
in October” five of them are covers of classic jazz
masterpieces. Don’t frit as Fageros opens with the title
track “Mars in October”, his fluid guitar eloquent strokes
shines with tasteful grace and beauty as his trio interjects with
concise interplay. Fageros tackles sax-master Wayne
Shorter’s “Footprints” in the next selection. He
envelops this piece with a neatly wrapped package that derives from
the Scofield and Coryell school of jazz guitar breathing
his voice of freshness into this jazz classic.
“Tribute to Paul Yeargers”
penned by Mike Fageros verbalizes nicely with this sonically in
your face groove with tight infrastructure loosely provided by drummer
Jovol Bell and bassist Delover Axel.
for classic jazz glows with sincerity on “These are Soulful Days”.
This is jazz guitar at it’s best. On the fifth track Fageros and
company digs deep into their fusion bag of tricks with “Dear Luis”.
Unfortunately this track it didn’t last long enough for this
As a diligent student of jazz Fageros
dives “In a Mellow Mood” originally recorded by
guitarist Wes Montgomery. Fageros stays focused as he
brilliantly attaches himself to the thread of Montgomery’s guitar
The next track in my opinion
demonstrates at some point in every jazz musicians career they must
cover “Little Sunflower” by jazz trumpeter Freddie
Hubbard. Artists record jazz classics in order to humbly secure
their spot in the tradition etching they’re signature into the
friends wraps up this eight song set with what he calls “Mr.
Jimmy Smith”. Mike
illustrates so eloquently that it doesn’t take nerves to play a
bluesy Jimmy Smith jam if you’re not an organist. All you
need to do is just play it and Fageros does it so very well at
and his colleagues serve up tasty renditions of jazz classics
shouldered by promising original compositions on this project. Sure,
“Mars in October” by Mike Fageros may or not be your
cup of tea. On the other hand if you’re seeking an alternative voice
(that’s shaped by the influences of Roy Buchanan and many others)
or you’re just craving good music with enduring qualities then this
project is calling out your name.