Today’s exotic delight was released in 1962 on London Records by an arranger, composer and conductor called Hrach Yacoubian. It’s been tricky trying to find out much about this artist, but what I can tell you is that he was of Armenian/Greek origins and possibly/probably born in the US. A natural genius on the violin, he is said to have made his performance debut as a teenager at Carnegie Hall.
Throughout the 50’s and 60’s he recorded a handful of albums and 45’s, releasing his first album, Caucasian Moods in 1950. He is reported to have played at various spots in Las Vegas and California with his Yacoubian Revue, featuring dance and music of the Near East. The electrifying solo heard on today’s song was by Greek bouzouki master Iordanis Tsomidis, who would later record on Phil Wood’s 1967 east-west jazz experiment Greek Cooking a few years later. Check it out above!
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