Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Vassilis Tsabropoulos - The Promise
I know this is the second ECM release to be mentioned on this blog in one week, but I just couldn't let this one pass by without a mention. `The Promise' really is one of the most beautiful and captivating albums that I have heard for a while, and has already become one those albums that I know I will treasure and play for the rest of my life. No joke.
If solo piano music is your thing, in particular, that of the more melodic, atmospheric and unpretentious variety. This is for you. Music like this deserves needs respect and needs the right setting.
I can't warrant any real comparisons on this, but if forced I would say Keith Jarrett without the jazz-iness and with more melody.
Vassilis Tsabropoulos is a very talented Greek pianist and this is second solo album on ECM. His collaboration with German cellist Anja Lechner 'Chants, Hymns and Dances' is also well worth investigating.
Here is a clip of `Pearl' from `The Promise'.
And click here for a clip of the title track, as I am unable to post a direct link on this occasion.