Contextual by Petros Klampanis… We all know that there was a double bass well before the electric bass was an idea lingering in the back of someone’s mind. This instrument is the precursor and source of our shared “voice” at this time in history.
I admit that I am always impressed when I hear a musician like Petros Klampanis give us the gift of his creativity performed on such a timeless vessel.
This CD opens with a haunting rendition of a Greek traditional titled, “Thalassaki”. The sheer beauty of this piece transcends through the ages and reaches into your soul. The balance of percussion and strings is perfect.
As we continue down the set list. Petros moves away from his roots and brings us a combination of original pieces (one of these inspired by Charles Mingus) a standard by Coltrane, and even a contemporary Willis piece.
We are treated to a mixture of jazz and classical music that leaves you wondering what you will experience in the next number. A solid collaboration of Violins, Guitar, Piano, Cello and Udu compliment the double bass. On some of the tracks the double bass is the source of percussion. It’s amazing the sounds you can get from a spruce wooden shell!
One standout to my ears is the rendition of one of my favorite Lennon, McCartney tunes, “Blackbird”. Gretchen Parlato’s jazzy vocals are smooth and absolutely perfect for this arrangement. Petros holds down the groove of this piece while harmonizing instrumentally with the melody. You really must hear the voice of the double bass blend with the human voice. Very cool!
So, summing it all up, if you enjoy double bass and jazz, this is a good CD for you!
Check it out!