A new album by Alekos Vretos is scheduled for release on 10th November 2009 in Athens. The new CD is called Mergin’, and it refers to a merging of East and West. It took Alekos almost 3 years to complete his new Mergin’. The music is a clever mix of Arabic, Jazz, Latin and Greek elements, a form of world jazz. Traditional instruments like the oud, the violin and the nay combined with the piano, drums and the saxophone bring out all of the flavors.
Alekos was determined to record the album on his own terms. He started his own record company called Jadeo Music and he features 3 different labels: Just Adjust Records, Jadeo Music Records and Zymbel Records. Mergin’ will be released on the 10th November 2009 by Just Adjust Records worldwide. It will be distributed through the e-store of the company (www.jadeomusic.com) and the MP3 format will be distributed through CDBaby.com. Alekos did not want to take his album to the majors. That was the first thought as the project evolved. He did not want accounting and marketing messing with his music. The music had to be as pure as snow. He succeeded.
He used friends like Basam Saba, who flew all the way from New York to Athens just to play in this CD. Takis Paterelis, Serapheim Mpelos, Konstantina Kyriazi, Dimitris Sevdalis, Kiki Bu, April Centrone, Giorgos Roulos were delighted to play in the CD and had a ball. Great improvisations and music playing with the out most artistry is the basis for this work by Alekos.