"Eνα σχήμα που δεν σταματά να εκπλήσσει, ξεκίνησε με ενορχηστρώσεις και ρεπερτόριο-φόρο τιμής στον Nat King Cole, για να εξελιχθεί σε ένα Μπενσονικού τύπου Jazz-funk όχημα χωρίς να χάσει ίχνος από την κομψότητά του. [...].

Δαιμόνιος τζάζμαν, ο κιθαρίστας Νέστορας Δημόπουλος, με βαθιά γνώση και απόλυτα cool στάση στο πάιξιμό του, έχοντας περάσει μία δεκαετία στην Βοστόνη και στην Νέα Υόρκη, βρήκε το καλλιτενικό του έτερον ήμισυ στο πρόσωπο της Ευγενίας Καρλαύτη, η οποία στο πλευρό του άνθισε από κλασσική πιανίστρια (μια από τις καλύτερες που διαθέτουμε) σε θυελλώδη τζαζ ερμηνεύτρια και τραγουδίστρια με ιδιαίτερη χροια- ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα ταλέντα που κυκλοφορούν ανάμεσά μας.

Κάτω από το όνομα Music Soup στεγάζουν μια σειρά από διαφορετικά project: ένα ακουστικό τρίο στα πρότυπα του τρίο του Nat King Cole, ένα δυναμικό organ trio,ή ένα κουαρτέτο που στήνει εκρηκτικά πάρτι, προσφέροντας jazz funk διασκευές σε αγαπημένα ποπ κομμάτια"

(Νίκος Κ. Φωτάκης, Jazz & Τζαζ Ιουλίου-Αυγούστου 2012).

 

 

Οι Music Soup αποδίδουν δικά τους κομμάτια – καθώς και τα εννέα τού “Cut to the Chase” τούς ανήκουν. Αυτό είναι κάπως περίεργο, αλλά, τέλος πάντων, μπράβο τους. Θέλω να πω πως… ενώ με μια-δυο versions θα μπορούσε να κερδίσουν αμαχητί τις εντυπώσεις εκείνοι επιχειρούν να «πολεμήσουν» στηριγμένοι στις δικές τους δυνάμεις. Απ’ αυτή τη σιγουριά και την αυτοπεποίθηση ανταμείβονται. Όλα τα tracks έχουν μια συνοχή, δίχως να εμφανίζουν πρόδηλα στοιχεία εντυπωσιασμού, προβάλλοντας μιαν originality. Όχι πως δεν υπάρχουν «αναφορές», χάνονται όμως κάτω από την απλότητα των δικών τους θεμάτων και βεβαίως την μεστότητα των παιξιμάτων.

ΦΩΝΤΑΣ ΤΡΟΥΣΑΣ/ PHONTAS TROUSSAS , Lifo

 

Έχουν σπουδάσει το hard bop ιδίωμα σε κάθε του λεπτομέρεια και στην κυριολεξία έχουν ξεσκονίσει κάθε λεπτομέρεια της τέχνης του Jimmy Smith, του Lonnie (Liston) Smith, του Larry Young και κυριολεκτικά γνωρίζουν κάθε λεπτομέρεια της τέχνης του κοσμικού φανκ. Ένα άλμπουμ αισθητικά συγκρίσιμο με τα αριστουργήματα μιας περασμένης jazz εποχής και εμπειρίας.

Γιώργος Χαρωνίτης, Αθηνόραμα

 

 

 

 

  • Their  tune "The Theme" was included in a compilation cd  of Jazz & Jazz Magazine (July-August 2012).

 

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“Karlafti and Nestor Dimopoulos have a wonderful thing going on with Music Soup, balancing the accessible and grooving with musically provocative material. One of the best organ dates of the year.”

Jazz Views with C.J Shearn

 

…good stuff, swinging in intricate ways, funking and laying back… This is a band with its own personality. And it moves the organ trio ahead without a lot of the requisite Jimmy Smith cliches. Good job!

Grego Applegate, Gapplegate Music Review

 

the emphasis throughout is on the trio, which could pass at times for Joey DeFrancesco's group...Fans of organ combos will find much to enjoy in this pleasing effort.

Scott Yanow, Downbeat magazine 3, 1/2*

 

The most progressive set considered, here, Music Soup's Cut to the Chase is firmly in the jazz organ trio neighborhood while expanding the perimeter of what we should consider the standard soul-jazz repertoire...This is the release for the more forward-minded listener that is looking for something new from an old format.

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

 

“The hot bop, funky, cool jazz this team produces will get your juices flowing… Each of the musicians is well versed and shines in the spotlight when called upon. Evgenia and Nestor composed the music, a CD that will enliven any commute!”

O’S Place Jazz Newsletter by Oscar Groomes

 

High fliers on the local Greek jazz scene, this trio is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a smoking B3 led set that is an appropriate discovery for a label led by a B3 player in the flesh. With everyone on board knowing their apples, we get a sense that jazz is the international language once again as everyone on board knows what to do and adds some other side of the world flavor to the B3 festivities. This organ is purely organic with a zesty taste drawn from Mediterranean soil. Check it out.

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 

... I recognize immediately that these serious musicians are challenging the listener and themselves to play outside the box.(...)

Music Soup is a good name for this trio of musicians because they embrace a mixed bag of styles and musical concepts that mirror their decade of playing together and their individual personalities...

... Because they have been working together for ten years, Music Soup has a tight, cohesive sound. Their music is well written and produced. On “Your Song” horns join the group. Special guests Dimitris Papadopoulos on trumpet, Dimitri Vassilakis on tenor sax and Antonis Andreou on trombone fatten the sound. However these horns, (nicely arranged by Haris Ziouva) are merely icing on the creative cake that Karlafti and Dimopoulos have baked. Nestor’s bluesy guitar and Evgenia Karlafti’s organ mastery are the fireworks of this production.
Dee Dee Mc Neal, Musical Memoires

 

All the music heard here is composed by Evgenia and Nestor and is richly varied, including intimate ballads and punchy up-tempo pieces that call to mind organ-guitar bands of earlier years, although here given a thoroughly modern makeover.

Worth looking out for.

Bruce Crowther, JazzMostly

 

....  back in Athens, this CD indicates that there is jazz of Olympian standard going on (...)

Music Soup are, basically, an organ/guitar/drums trio augmented for this album by three horns. Karlafti can swing - think Shirley Scott and Dorothy Donegan and Evgenia is up there with them and quite a few of her male contemporaries! (...)

Guitar is comparable with anything heard 'twixt Adriatic and Atlantic and the horns also have their moments in the Aegean sun...

Cut To The Chase is described as hip, eclectic jazz from Greece and I, for one, won't argue with that.

Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken here

 

You don’t hear a lot about jazz music from Greece, which is a shame, as they apparently have a very happening scene there. Music Soup may help heighten awareness of Greek expertise in the jazz world with their new CD, “Cut to the Chase”, which features a self-proclaimed ‘eclectic’ approach that covers hard bop, RnB, fusion and more. (...) Both Evgenia and Nestor are virtuoso performers. Evgenia sometimes has the expected bluesy soul jazz sound often associated with the B3, but she often takes on the more abstract post bop sounds of Larry Young, and even some European jazz-rock along the lines of Dave Stewart. Nestor reveals that he is a fan of Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and others, but often his mix of abstract harmonies and rhythmic blues may have you thinking John Scofield.

“Cut to the Chase” opens strong with the title cut that mixes driving post bop with Greek influenced odd-metered fusion. This is an excellent direction for the band to pursue, and they return to a similar sound on “Senior Citizen” and “A New Start”. Other instrumental cuts include the bluesy groove of “Movin” and the Bossa-Nova flavor of “Skywalk”. The remaining four tracks feature Evgenia’s vocals on songs that range from ballads to dance oriented RnB. Evgenia is a great singer (...) Overall “Cut to the Chase” makes for a great introduction for Music Soup, and the flow of the tracks is very much like a live show.

John Sanders, Jazz  Music Archives

 

Although the album "Cut To The Chase" is recorded in a studio, the flow of the nine tracks evokes a live recording; It has such momentum, energy and move! Nearly 52 minutes footage immersive and blood pumping...I highly recommend, this really is a very slick album!

Jan Hocek, Jazzport

 

Jazzweek

  • Five times Chartbound

  • Twice Most Added

  • eleven weeks on top100 jazz albums

 

Roots Music report

  • Top 50 jazz albums, nr 21

  • Top 50 jazz singles , nr 30

 

KMUW

Wichita's NPR station

Cut to the Chase among Night Train top 40 albums for September, October, & November by Chris Heim

 

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