A native of Athens, Greece--Panos Vassilopoulos has previously been most known for his educational DVD releases, including “Ostinatos and Polyrhythms,” and “A Step Further” which Modern Drummer magazine proclaimed was, “pushing the kit to new heights!”
A self-taught drummer, Vassilopoulos takes his inspiration from such legends as Buddy Rich and Ian Pace. His passion for Jazz styles of music is pervasive throughout all of his educational products and in 2009 he formed The Acoustic Sessions Trio and released the double CD/DVD release, The Acoustic Sessions.
Filmed in high definition in one of Athens’ top studios, “The Acoustic Sessions” allows Vassilpoulos to thrive and explore such memorable Jazz standards as Cole Porter’s “I Love You” and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Darn That Dream.”
The Acoustic Sessions also features an original composition from Vassilopoulos. “Interplay” is a mixture of acoustic drums played with hands, brushes, sticks and mallets creating a cinematic bed of sound crated on the spot.
Endorsements: The Dualist Company, UK Modern Music School, Polyrhythmia Music School in Greece.
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. ...