Mars in October
Texas guitarist Mike Fageros is a relative unknown in the larger spectrum of the 'music business'. This release 'Mars in October', is a melange of originals and classic jazz standards like Shorter's 'Footprints' and Hubbard's 'Little Sunflower', not to mention 'These are Soulful Days' as well. If you are a jazz lover or a guitarist, you will definately find something appealing on this CD. Wes Montgomery fans will love the rendition of 'In a Mellow Mood' and as well, fans of the late Hammond B3 Organist Jimmy Smith will love the treatment of the tune re-arranged by Mike entitled simply, 'Mr. Jimmy Smith'. The track is a medium tempo swing based on alternate blues changes with a few organ riffs thrown in for good measure as 'Jimmy' would have liked. This CD will be his second release and more effort has been put into this creation than any previous project. His teaming up with the 'Young Lion', Houston drummer Jovol Bell has given his career new direction. That and with the addition of sidemen DeLover Axel and Kato Mc Kay (Al McKay's son) utilizes the guitar trio to it's utmost. With few overdubs, and many live cuts, the real music comes through, similar to many of the Blue Note Albums in the 60's. The result is self evident in the final product, jazz guitar playing at it's best.