Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Melos





Melos (ECM 2048)

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Vassilis Tsabropoulos (piano), Anja Lechner (cello).

Composed by Vassilis Tsabropoulos


Recorded: June 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Over the years, the rap from some corners against the supposed ECM Records style is that it's too icy, lacking in emotion and drenched with reverb. This never made sense to me, bringing to mind commentary about certain memoirs being too "self-centered." Huh?! It's a memoir! To my ear, the extra "air" in many ECM recordings has always been a strength, a kind of modern jazz minimalist aesthetic. So when Vassilis Tsabropoulos brings forth the piano ostinato that will become this track's harmonic framework, it's no great surprise that Anja Lechner's cello lines seem more like conversational passages than a mere "musically correct" set of notes. It's the ample space between the notes, and their subtle decay, that draws in the ear.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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