Alex Louloudis: Words

Hrayr Attarian BY

Sign in to view read count
Alex Louloudis: Words
Greek drummer Alex Louloudis is an exciting composer with a refreshingly personal style. Classically trained, Louloudis has also received rigorous jazz education and, over a handful of years, has established himself as an integral member of New York's creative music scene. His second release, the intense and stimulating Words, exhibits his skills to the full.

Released on the Belgian Off label, the album starts off with "Surviving" which features a two-tenor saxophone front line. The fiery intro is an angular melody which Louloudis drives with his restless polyrhythms. Saxophonists Kaelen Ghandhi and Rafael Statin create a dynamic sonic lattice with blistering passion and delightful flirtations with dissonance. Bassist Dean Torrey deftly anchors the stormy repartee.

The same ensemble interprets the title track which, in contrast to the opener, is languid and contemplative. Guitarist Aaron Rubinstein peppers the haunting group performance with his resonant chimes and strums, while Statin and Ghandhi interweave their sinewy lines with ethereal elegance. Vocalist Rosdeli Marte articulates Louloudis' lyrics with a poignant dramatic sense and, later, her wordless singing fades gracefully in and out of the introspective melancholic atmosphere.

The rest of the recording is in a sparse trio setting. "Ochun's Dance," for instance, is an exhilarating and intricate spontaneous conversation, with Statin blowing with soulful swagger, Louloudis laying down thunderous beats and Torrey playing dark and complex refrains with lithe agility. Statin's blustery improvisation burns with emotion while Louloudis and Torrey rumble with measured abandon on this exciting an unfettered piece

"Expedition for NOLA" has a more "traditional" cadence, yet with the same innovative extemporaneous spirit. The three men feed off each other's ideas with sophistication, and progressively create a free and provocative melange of virtuosic solos and vibrant trio exchanges. Even in its most deconstructed state, the tune's shimmering inner lyricism remains intact.

Despite his relative youth, Louloudis is already making bold artistic statements. Words is a captivating work which has a taut momentum from first note to last. Louloudis demonstrates remarkable maturity in his writing, and a seamless camaraderie with his side musicians as a band leader. He is at the threshold of a brilliant and promising career.

Track Listing

Surviving Expedition in NOLA The Magic of 3 Ochun's Dance I Hear You Eric Words


Alex Louloudis: drums; Rafael Statin: saxophone; Dean Torrey: bass; Rosdeli Marte: voice / vocals; Kaelen Ghandhi: saxophone, tenor; Aaron Rubinstein: guitar.

Album information

Title: Words | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Off Record Label

Post a comment about this album


Shop Amazon


Human Rites Trio
Jason Kao Hwang
Matthew Shipp / William Parker
A New Dawn
Marius Neset
Il Sogno
Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci &...
Detail - 90
Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens


Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective
The Garden
Rachel Eckroth
Uma Elmo
Jakob Bro
Time Frames
Michael Waldrop

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.