Notes From the Road

I envisioned Notes from the Road as one man's journey and personal experience.  It is the most intimate work I have ever created. Each of the nine songs is an interpretation of a different emotion. The overall set explores nine facets of human life: 



concluded by the REQUIEM  New Mexico style ).

 The compositions blend many styles that have been influencing my art over the years -Classical, Flamenco, Brazilian, R&B, Ukrainian, Gypsy & Jewish, delivered by the universal language of Jazz.

I am excited and proud to offer you these moments of my life reflected through music.   

I would like to thank my family and friends - Genya, Dinah, Tamara, Volodya, Arkady, Will, Jim, Marina, Rusty and Max for your support and dedication to this project! It would be impossible without you!

 ·       Musicians:

- Alex Gordez – Spanish guitar

- Arkady Gips – Violin, el. violin, Rhodes, computer programming

- Will Postleheist – Upright bass (2,3,5,9)

- Jim Roberts – Drums, percussions (2,3,5,9)

- Rusty Yanok – Back vocal (3)

All songs arranged by Alex and Arkady.

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Notes From the Road - by Alex Gordez has been named the Best CD of the Year in the Indie Acoustic Project's "Best CDs of 2016" Awards Acoustic Jazz category.

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1.   - Dear Valentine (5:07)  - LOVE 

2.  - Night with Absinthe (3:53)    - PASSION

 3.  -Two Moments of Fame (4:47)   - SUCCESS

 4. -  Uri – (for dad) (7:12)   - LOSS 

 5.  - Magic Violin  (6:16)   - ACCEPTANCE

 6. -  Other People (3:55)   - STRUGGLE

 7.  - Gitana-Judia  (6:28)  (for Genya)  - ATTAINMENT

 8. - Living The Dream (3:42)    - HAPPINESS

 9. - Notes From the Road (5:02)   - REQUIEM  New Mexico style

 *Total time 46:22

  From the sublime chorus of shimmering notes in Dear Valentine, to the eloquent and wistful flamenco guitar of the final track, Notes from the Road, listeners are invited to experience the full potential of musical expression combining the old world and the new. Romani vernacular musical traditions meet modern jazz. Clearly contemporary virtuoso musical talent cascades into and out from folkloric and modern percussive variations in the warm inviting tones of your favorite vinyl record. 

Those familiar with jazz may liken this particular combination of musical voices to the collaborative work of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli or perhaps the score of an imaginary David Lynch film on the work of Baden Powell. At times, these voices complement one another, as in Two Moments of Fame. At other times, they challenge each other in spirals around through the progression of the song, as in Night with Absinthe.

There is no wasted space here. Each track stands alone but the album is best appreciated as a cartography that maps the development of its own singular art.

 Riffing on James Joyce, we might rightly think of the album as a Portrait of the Artist, not as a young man, but as a mature master of music, wisely reminiscing on the fleeting passages that make a life of music worth living. As an album with crossover potential, combining classic and contemporary jazz, world and somehow uniquely provincial undertones, and what I call “thinking man’s jazz” made into a format that is accessible to wide audiences, the album plays as well in coffee shops and concert halls, wedding receptions or in one’s own living room. At the end of the day, this is the real deal—that eclectic and talented jazz group that everyone hopes to someday hear live and in-person.  


                                                                                                                                  Dr. Matthew May, Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University...

"An ambitious turn from Alex Gordez et al, "Notes From The Road" is certainly a rich acoustic pastiche that conjures landscapes here and abroad. Destined to be a sonic backdrop for some fine footage, the stress on guitar melodies and genuine, lavish violin arrangements are the pleasers here."
 "Notes From The Road" is great.  
                                                                                                                                                                             GRAMMY-NOMINATED PRODUCER JOHN CUSTER

Alex Gordez is one of the most gifted and diverse guitarists that I've ever known. This album that he's written and produced, "'Notes from the Road'  has a feel to me of a movie soundtrack, except in this case it's a self described sound track of his own life. I'd not only buy this collection, I'd play it over and over. It has something for any mood. And it should be said that I'm VERY picky about what I listen to. 
                                                                                                                                                                                          Teresa Smith, Prof. Pianist, Raleigh, NC.

The album is really incredible collection of work. Very unique and recognizable style, Alex's style. Intellectual, precise, emotional and a bit insecure at times. Which makes even a better connection with my heart. The music is influenced by multiple world cultures (mixed in your heart and adapted). Alex, congratulations on the great project goes life! Waiting for more

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Vera Mastakova, Raleign, NC

This new album is quickly becoming my favorite. The unmistakable sound (and spirit!) of Spanish guitar is showcased against a background of various musical influences. This is a mature work, a fully realized musical journey. It is one of these fortunate cases where the musician’s craftsmanship benefited from his life experiences, but didn’t get obscured by them. The music shines through all the emotions and tribulations, and makes you want to join the musicians on their journey again and again!  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Julia L. , New York, NY

Alex is one of contemporary music's best kept secrets. Luckily for us here in the Research Triangle Area he is not a secret, and I heartily enjoin the rest of the country, not to mention the rest of the world, to partake in the glorious genius of Alex and Arkady. You will not regret it!  

                                                                                                                                                                            AGW, MADISON, WI, US