Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Gift of Dreams
Gift of Dreams
Vassilis Tsabropoulos (piano)
Melos (ECM 2048)
Composed by Vassilis Tsabropoulos.
Recorded: Lugano, June, 2007
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Speaker One: "Of course, this can't be jazz. The musicians show too much respect for the composition. They play with too much fastidious control of the details, too much self-effacement. And the cello, of course, is a dead giveaway."
Speaker Two: "Whoa, this can't be classical music, can it? You can't write down this stuff, with its free spirit and the sense of spontaneous cohesion among the performers. And the percussionist, of course, is a dead giveaway."
Welcome to the beguiling musical landscapes of Vassilis Tsabropoulos, a brilliant artist who doesn't care much about categories. He is too committed to his meticulous universe of sound colors. His music exists on its own terms, and invites us to participate or not, as we see fit. The songs may sound simple enough. But in our narrow world of pigeonholing and closely defined formats, Tsabropoulos's flaunting of the fashionable and contemporary is dangerous stuff. The jazz police (and classical music police, too) will need to work overtime to keep this CD under wraps. If too many people heard it, it might attract a crowd. And who knows where that would lead?
Reviewer: Ted Gioia