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MP3 Athanasopoulos-pin Jazz Quartet - Knock Before

solidly rooted on the tradition of bebop and hardbop but with a fresher sound and harmonic ideas. Warm, melodic, and bluesy it is sometimes reminiscent of Dexter Gordon’s blue note era and sometimes flirts with pop, funk and even 80’s punk rock. Swinging

9 MP3 Songs in this album (65:34) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Mainstream Jazz, JAZZ: Hard Bop

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Marcos Pin (guitar) and Thanos Athanasopoulos (saxes) met in Holland during their studies at the royal conservatory of the Hague. Soon they developed a personal and musical friendship that led to the founding of this quartet in 2003. Since then, they use this band as a vehicle to work on and perform their own compositions. They kept the band active, performing regularly club dates and festivals in Holland and Spain, although today they live in different countries. In 2007 they recorded their first album together with bassist Paco Charlin and LAR Legido on drums.
Their music is solidly rooted on the tradition of bebop and hardbop but with a fresher sound and harmonic ideas. Warm, melodic, and bluesy it is sometimes reminiscent of Dexter Gordon’s blue note era and sometimes flirts with pop, funk and even 80’s punk rock. Swinging hard all the way these 8 original compositions will definitely keep you listening.

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Thanos Athanasopoulos was born in Thessaloniki in 1975. He started his musical studies (clarinet and later saxophone) in 1990. In 2002 he moved to Holland where he studied at the royal academy of the Haque, graduating in 2008 with bachelor and masters diploma in jazz performance. Since 1995 he is a working musician in Greece, Holland and Spain and has worked with numerous musicians and bands as: Magic road big band, sax voyage sax quartet, capital S, XaXakes, Lovelab, Makis Stefanidis, Lakis Tzimkas, John Ruocco, Kc big band, Frank Tiberi, Branford Marsalis, Marcos Pin, Paco Charlin, and many more.
He has performed among others in Sani festival, Dimitria jazz festival, megaro mousikis, Porto Karras jazz festival, north sea jazz festival (three years), Voorschoten jazz festival (two years), Lugo international jazz festival, Den Haag festival, and in various jazz clubs and theaters in Holland, Greece, Spain, Belgium, France and Germany.
In 2005, along with guitarist Marcos Pin, he created the Athanasopoulos-Pin quartet together with Paco Charlin and LAR Legido. He travels almost every year in Spain where he tours with this group and gives jazz and improvisation workshops in the music school of Boiro.
Currently he lives and works in Holland (Den Haag) where he teaches the saxophone in the American school of the Hague and in music school of Dordrecht.
Recordings: “Knock before” Athanasopoulos-Pin quartet
free code jazz records.
“directions” Marcos Pin trio
free code jazz records
“lovelab” Groovy garden


Marcos Pin was born in Lugo in 1974. He started playing guitar as a child and he was playing with a variety of rock, pop, blues and folk local bands already as a teenager. He discovered jazz thanks to one of his guitar teachers: Alberto Penoucos
In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship from “Fundacion Autor” to study composition abroad. He studied arrangement and composition with Jurre Hanstra at the conservatory ofAmsterdam and he got a bachelor’s degree on jazz guitar at the royal conservatorium (Den Haag) where he studied with Eef Albers, Wim Bronnenberg and Martijn van Iterson.
In 2007 he released his first cd as a leader, named “directions” under the label “free code jazz records”.
He has played with musicians like John Ruocco, Rolf Delfos, Rachel Gould, Steve Reich, Joseph Nitsch…
He has made a lot of recordings as a leader and a sideman


Spanish bassist/composer Paco Charlin was born in Vilanova de Arousa, Galicia on 19th of December 1975. He studied solfege from the age of 8. He picked up the electric bass at the age of ten and started playing professionally already a year later around Spain and Portugal with local bands. He studied bass, harmony and arrangement at studio Escola de musica, and Escola Taller. In 1995 he received a scholarship from studio Escola to represent Galicia at the international association of schools of jazz (IASJ) directed by David Liebman.
In 1996 he moved to Boston, Massachusetts with two international scholarships from Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2000 with a dual major in “performance & jazz composition” and the “Charles Mingus Award of outstanding Musicianship”. At the same time he attended Roxbury Community College.
He has recorded 12 albums as a leader or co leader and more than 20 as a sideman. He has recorded and performed with:
Frank Lazy, Raynald Colom, Sean Levit, Sheila Jordan, Chris Cheek, Steve Kuhn, Perico Sambeat, Walter Smith, Donald Edwards, Miguel Zenon,Jaleel Shaw, Jonathan Kreisberg, Mike Melvoin, Aaron Goldberg, Bobby Martinez, Javier Vercher, Bernando Sassetti, Marcus Gilmore, Chris Kase, Brannen Temple, Marcus Strickland, Skip Hadden, Aruan Ortiz, Jeff Harrington, Akil Jamal Haynes, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mark Turner, Jonathan Blake, Jeff Williams, Rodrigo Goncalves, Abe Rabade, John O’ Gallagher,…


L.A.R. Legido was born in Castromonte, Valladolid in 1975. He studied since he was a child at C.E.D.I. (centro de encuentro para el desarollo de la improvisacion, Madrid) where he developed a great interest in improvisation which until today remains the focal point of his work. He has worked not only with musicians but also with sculptors, painters, video artists, performers, etc. Since 1997 he works as a drum teacher in Santiago de Compostella.
He plays or has played with: Adn, Badia, S.E.M. big band, Maruxay trio, Abe Rabade, Terela Gradin Quartet, Fat, KLK, D’Xazz3, Marcos Telra, Xose M. Budino… He is founding member of Parto, free improvisation group with different targets: Trancefusion (drops that create sound) and Huevopicoarana (two drum sets and vocals).
He has recorded with various artists.

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