Arild Andersen: Pavane
Arild Andersen (bass)
The Triangle (ECM 1752)
Arild Andersen (bass),
Vassilis Tsabropoulos (piano), John Marshall (drums).
Composed by Maurice Ravel. Arranged by Vassilis Tsabropoulos.
Recorded: Oslo, Norway, January 2003
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This is one of the European equilateral triangles (Norway/Greece/UK) increasingly common on the Old Continent, as it finds a common vision of jazz parallel to the many local idiosyncrasies. These musicians, masters in their own countries, find common ground in an Impressionist composition that jazz musicians have liked for decades. Alongside the beautiful work of Andersen and Marshall (on brushes), even more remarkable is what Tsabropoulos – still a classical piano player, parallel to his jazz career – does in a trio context, on a tune he may also have played according to Ravel's original chart. Here, only his beautiful piano touch reminds us how familiar he is with the classical approach.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num