7

Billy Pod: Drums To Heal Society

Friedrich Kunzmann By

Sign in to view read count
Athens-based drummer Vassilis Podaras, going by the name of Billy Pod, has been an active musician on the contemporary Greek jazz scene for over ten years and now decides it's the right time to record and release his debut album Drums To Heal Society. With the exception of Feist's "Limit To Your Love," all of the pieces are self-penned and demonstrate a musician who is both a versatile composer and a subtle drummer with an ear for melody.

After opening the album with crashing cymbals and trembling snare-rolls, "Minor Mystery" represents the first exhibition of the elegant melodic phrases which are combined with rhythmic intensity and run through the album like a thread. Guitarist Michalis Tsiftsis is able to switch between reserved leads and extravagant solo passages with elegance, while Rhodesman Yiannis Papadopoulos designs the harmonic frames with lower frequency clusters. "L." follows suit and once again points the spotlight to the guitar while the subsequent "One Heart" displays a more holistic approach of the ensemble, with newly invigorated double bass lines, played by Kimon Karoutzos, jumping to the playful soundscapes that Jannis Anastasakis throws into the mix.

In addition to inviting the soulful and dark-colored voice of Katerine Duska on stage for an insightful cover of "Limit To Your Love"—the only vocal track on the record—Billy Pod proves that he can't get enough of his instrument and is joined by drummer Stephanos Chytiris for the experimental sound-collage that is the title track (though the title of the album alone surely proves in what regard he holds the drums).

Contrary to what one might expect from a still quite young drummer, and an album titled in reference to his own instrument, Drums To Heal Society exposes a dynamic musician who plays to serve his compositions in the best possible way. Billy Pod's sense for melodic immediacy combined with a musical vision that is mindful of every voice makes for a promising debut album.

Track Listing

Void; Minor Mystery; Reminiscence; L.; One Heart; Limit to Your Love; Dark Passenger; Drums to Heal Society; Connection; Billy Pod; Healing (Reprise).

Personnel

Yiannis Papadopoulos: rhodes, piano; Kimon Karoutzos: bass; Jannis Anastasakis: live electronics; Stephanos Chytiris: drums; Billy Pod: drums; Michalis Tsiftsis: guitar; Katerine Duska: Vocals (6); Stephanos Chytiris: drums (8); George Kontrafouris: piano (10).

Album information

Title: Drums To Heal Society | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Puzzlemusik

Watch

Tags

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.


MUSICSTACK

Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers

AMAZON

CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more

HD TRACKS

Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads

CD UNIVERSE

Specializing in music, movies and video games

REVERB

Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear

More

Read Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet
Read Battle Lines
Battle Lines
Steve Fidyk
Read Calling
Calling
Anansi Trio
Read That Time
That Time
London Jazz Composers Orchestra
Read Day By Day
Day By Day
Cory Weeds
Read Silver Dollar
Silver Dollar
Jason Stein
Read Four Questions
Four Questions
Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra