..the music of Sakis Zachariades, as the aesthetic quality reaches solitude or the loneliness of caliber, expresses the beauty and fosters the sensations to identify higher values of human life..
Professor of Architectural Design & Architectural Technology Architect A.U.T.
The Hellenic independent music scene, besides all the diamonds it's hiding and is our goal to discover and present, in the rock and blues music, has treasures in the fusion jazz scene, as well. A genre, currently underestimated in Hellas, but with lots of loyal fans and supporters, who are seeking to seize the chance of listening to something interesting, as all the different efforts being made, are very few and barely coming into sight.
Within this >, fell in our hands the new project of Sakis Zachariades (guitarist and composer), with the name SOUNDAYS, which was a pleasant music surprise, that for sure will satisfy the fans of this genre and generally all the good music appreciators. In this album in his flank are Stelios Tsompanidis (drums), Dimitris Christonis(bass) and Philippos Kostavelis(keyboards).
The album starts with "7th sea", a mild track like a good morning, that literally travels not to the 7th of the seas but into all seven of them, filled with great melody and beautiful guitar > while the keyboard part is equally interesting. Following is "AISIO", with a more intense tempo and a few guitar and composing outbursts, referring into a bit more rock forms, while the "binding" between guitars and keyboards is sterling ,making several parts of your body want to, subconsciously, follow its beat. Further down we have "KICKOUT", which we could say is the most rock moment of the album, with the guitar following CARLOS SANTANA's paths, without though particularly escaping from the jazz lines, while the bass work is exquisite. 4th track is "FAREWELL TO CHILDHOOD", a melodic song ,starting with acoustic guitar offering you a sweet melancholy, as it suits to a farewell to our childhood dreams, with whatever is implied.
Fifth album track, and i cannot hide how particularly i like this one, is "FINALLY MET". Α beautiful melody, structured mainly for acoustic guitar, travels you to some other places taken from a fairytale, is food for the listener's imagination leading him to wherever place his mind takes him. Next one is "WIND SOUL" which brings us back to the initial jazz forms, with the guitar showing it's rock teeth, a small taste of the artist's influences. Second to last is "GEAR", which i would mark as the most jazz track of the album with the whole band giving their best to > the composition. Final song is "COSMOS" which, even though i am not quite sure whether the term "progressive" stands alongside "jazz", but in my opinion is the most progressive track of the album while the constant rhythm alternations, together with the synthesized keyboards and the rock outbursts of the guitar, point to that direction, making the listener maintain his interest till the end of the song.
Closing this presentation i would like to add, that even though i am not a big fan of this specific genre and needless to say that my previous interactions with jazz were a bit tiring to me, i have to admit that i just listened to something a lot different than i expected. SAKIS ZACHARIADES's compositions are full of beautiful melodies, ear friendly, without any flamboyant or > playing from the band, just to show off their skills. After all, their high technique is more than obvious all over the album without tiring the listener to the least. I have to wish to him this effort to gain the best feedback and by knowing his passion for good music, i am sure that he will continue giving us such great samples of his writing.
Naoum Ath. Varkas
(echo adventures )