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Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet - Eight Winds (2015)

13-12-2015, 17:46
Music | Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Eight Winds
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: ECM
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 57:02
Total Size: 130 / 251 MB


01 Eight Winds
02 Yerma.
03 21st March
04 Thrace
05 Aegean Sea
06 In Circles
07 Lyric
08 Street Dance
09 Forever
10 21st March, var.
11 Stillness
12 Eight Winds, var

The distinctive cry of Sokratis Sinopoulos' Constantinople lyra has previously been heard on ECM recordings of Eleni Karaindrou (The Weeping Meadow, Elegy of the Uprooting, Medea) and Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri (Athens Concert). Here he makes his leader debut for the label with his own quartet.

The Athens-born Sinopoulos has played a key role in the revival of interest in the lyra in Greece, both in traditional music contexts and in the shaping of new music. To see him in concert for the first time is to marvel at the range of emotion and expression conveyed through the lyra and the power of the sound projected from this small, bowed instrument.

Sinopoulos's reflective compositions and yearning ballads on 'Eight Winds' cede the central melodic role to the lyra, sensitively supported by the piano of Yann Keerim and the subtle bass and drums of Dimitris Tsekouras and Dimitris Emmanuel. But there is more happening here than a cross-referencing of folk instrument and jazz trio.

"We're not 'fusing' anything," Sinopolous cautions. "Each of us has acquired and internalized a lot of knowledge and experience of different styles, before approaching the others. The spirit of the recording session, and also with Manfred Eicher's direction as producer, was very free. In my one recommendation to the other players, the night before the session, I said: 'Especially in the solos, if you find yourself playing something that could be easily described as 'jazz' or 'folk' or 'classical', then try and avoid it. Without censoring ourselves, let's find instead the common roots of our improvising'." One unifying factor is "the basic modality, which we all relate to, because of our backgrounds".

The album was recorded at Sierra Studios in Athens in April 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Personnel: Sokratis Sinopoulos (lyra), Yann Keerim (piano), Dimitris Tsekouras (bass), Dimitris Emanouil (drums)

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gibheid   User offline   14 December 2015 05:10

Thanks sddd.

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