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Iordache

Born: March 13, 1967    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Iordache

Iordache was born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania, and began playing saxophone in 1990. His first influences were Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman.

In the early 90's he played with Harry Tavitian's Blues Community.

Between '96 and '99 he played with pianist Lucian Ban's Jazz Unit, then with bassist Vlaicu Golcea's Rebop Factory. In '99 he was asked to play alto with Orient Express, a 9-piece band led by pianist Harry Tavitian and recorded the album “Axis Mundi”.

After discovering Sun Ra and reading his biography by John Szwed, he started a band called “Outer Space Seven”, a septet dedicated to Sun Ra's music. After two concerts, it had turned into “Outer Space Five”, for obvious reasons....
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The three horns, and sometimes flute, combine with the electronic guitars and keyboards to create instrumental textures that work perfectly with the music they play. Drawing upon elements of cool jazz, nu jazz, exotica and lounge funk, Iordache’s tone colors can sound like Herbie’s “Speak Like a Child”, Jagga Jazzist, Snarky Puppy, Henry Mancini, Gil Evans or Dolphy's “Hot Cool and Latin”. “One Life Left” is new cool jazz for the 21st, with lots of odd quirky eccentricities to boot.

Some album highlights include “Peace” with its classic mid-90s trip-hop down tempo beat and lush vibratoed chords on the electric piano, and “Suriname” which opens with smooth horn orchestrations backing an exotic synth melody that recalls the old Don Ellis experimental big band. This is a very creative and well executed album.

(Jazz Music Archives review of “One Life Left”, April 2012)

It is the leader's union with trombonist Tom Smith and superb guitarist Sorin Romanescu that account for the excitement of this disc, the concept of course being that following a smooth ensemble presentation of a theme, each of these lead instruments will solo at length and with the express purpose of conquering the world. “Next Gig” ought to be everyone's gig tonight, flying by at a brisk tempo that the aforementioned soloists confront with a simultaneously relaxed and appreciative composure. Saxophone, trombone, and guitar combine beautifully, providing great contrast through the series of solo statements as well as many possibilities in ensemble arrangement. “Fiare Vechi Luam” expands this beyond the obvious, matching an old-timey trombone mute effect with rocking electric guitar, but even when the blend has a typically mainstream jazz sound, the listening is a sheer pleasure.

Eugene Chadbourne, a review of “friday” on allmusic.com

Romanian saxophonist and bandleader Mihai Iordache has shortened his performing title to simply his surname - a move that might worry those who fear a Kenny G. influence, although trimming down to just a last name is more like the New Orleans saxophonist and keyboardist Skerik. Either guy would find at least some aspects of Iordache's versatile musical offerings appealing, both would no doubt admire the man's soloing abilities on both alto and baritone saxophone. He presses ahead, his tone solid whether trying to sound ugly or beautiful, set on a successful outcome, self-reliant in this goal due to his own vivid melodic imagination.

Eugene Chadbourne, a review of “Dissipatin'” on allmusic.com

As a Leader

friday / featuring Tom Smith
A&A Records
2003
Tracks: friday; portofino; next gig; bitter end; easy way out; lonely town; easy way out; missing person; fiare vechi luam; didjeridu

Personnel: iordache: saxophone.
Tom Smith: trombone.
Sorin Romanescu: guitar.
Vlaicu Golcea: bass.
Vadim Tichisan: drums.
dissipatin'
A&A Records
2003
Tracks:dissipatin; tu n'as rien vu a schaerbeck;fig tree; recycle; time of our lives; gloomy sunday; up; you know it's true

Personnel: iordache: saxophone.
Marta Hristea: voice.
Cristian Soleanu: saxophone.
Sorin Romanescu: guitar.
Eugen Nutescu: guitar.
Raul Kusak; Hammond, Moog.
Vlaicu Golcea: bass, programming.
Vadim Tichisan: drums.

hesitations
Self Produced
2007
Tracks:One Life Left; Late For Coffee; A Little Rain; The Lick; Get It; I Love You; Fiare Vechi Luam; As If I Cared; Real Fake Nails; Hesitations - Part 1; El Mundo, Amigo (for T.c.); Dissipatin'; Jan's Idea

Personnel: iordache: saxophone.
Sorin Romanescu: guitar.
Jan Roder: bass.
Tavi Scurtu: drums.

naked saxophone
Self Produced
2007
Tracks:triangle; the spasm; lonely town; pyramid; fiare vechi luam; recycle; friday; just friends; lover man; ladybird;

The Lazy Prince
Self Produced
2008
Tracks: The Lazy Prince; Paintball - Dark Clouds Gather; Revolution; But He Doesn't Care; Council of The Elders - The Coup; Nice Knees - Or a King, For That Matter - They Sail Into The Sunset; The Revolution Succeeds - Work Resumes;

Personnel: iordache: saxophone.
Artur Balogh: bass.
Ovidiu Condrea - drums.


One Life Left
Fiver House Records
2012
Tracks: Triangle; One Life Left; Peace; Suriname; Pyramid; I Guess It's Love; Stranger On A Train

Personnel: Iordache: saxophone.
Petre Ionutescu - trumpet
Lucian Nagy - tenor saxophone
Dan Alex Mitrofan - guitar
Toni Kuhn - keyboards, guitar (4)
Utu Pascu - bass
Tavi Scurtu - drums


Garden Beast
Fiver House Records
2013
Tracks: Garden Beast; Captain Rabbit; Summer Rain; Spider's Diner; My Dog Zorro; Pond Reflections; Magnolia; Earthworm

Personnel: Iordache: saxophone.
Sebastian Burneci - trumpet
Florian Radu - trombone
Dan Alex Mitrofan - guitar
Toni Kuhn - keyboards, guitar (4)
Utu Pascu - bass
Tavi Scurtu - drums; Special Guest: Sanem Kalfa (on Magnolia)


As A Side Musician

Axis Mundi
Harry Tavitian
Casa Radio
2000

Live at Green Hours
East Village Open Formula
Green Records
2005

Balcaz
Harry Tavitian
Pirate Records
2007

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Primary Instrument:
Saxophone

Location:
Bucharest

Willing to teach:
Beginners

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