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Vassilis Tsabropoulos/Anja Lechner/U.T. Ghandi: Melos

Read "Melos" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Melos approaches a highbrow listening experience. It's another gorgeous offering from ECM Records, teaming Greek pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos with German cellist Anja Lechner and Italian drummer U.T. Gandhi. From the first delicate piano notes of the title tune, joined in short order by the rich, mournful cry of the cello, it's obvious that the players have spent their formative times in the classical world.So, for the jazz bean counters out there, this might not fit in snug fashion ...

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Vassilis Tsabropoulos / Anja Lechner: Melos

Read "Melos" reviewed by Budd Kopman


While the composer, performer and listener approach any given piece of music from differing perspectives, each needs the others for a work to become fully actualized. Improvisation combines the first two roles to the extent it is done, bringing the listener closer to the source of the inspiration. Melos is an extraordinary musical document from the team of pianist/composer Vassilis Tsabropoulos and cellist Anja Lechner (with subtle percussion support from U. T. Gandhi on a number of ...

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Vassilis Tsabropoulos / Anja Lechner: Melos

Read "Melos" reviewed by John Kelman


Exploring similar territory as the sublimely beautiful Chants, Hymns and Dances (ECM, 2004), pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos and cellist Anja Lechner switch the emphasis on Melos. Chants focused largely on the writing of rebel philosopher Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1866-1949)--for whom musical composition was more a means to an end, encouraging students to strive for a higher state of awareness and take greater control over their lives--bookending five Tsabropoulos pieces that, while reflective of the pianist's own voice, acted as a seamless ...


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