The Acoustic Sessions is the brainchild of drummer and producer Panos Vassilopoulos. The CD/DVD package offers some straight-ahead interpretations of jazz standards, played with skill and energy by the Athens-based trio. The album features arrangements of 7 familiar--indeed, over-familiar--tunes. There's no denying the quality of the selected tunes, but they have been recorded on many previous occasions and these versions take no chances with the compositions despite the musical talents of the players, especially pianist Costa Anadiotis. Two tracks feature the vocals of Alexandra Pashali. Her deep, rich contralto voice adds colour to both tunes, although she ...read more
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