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"Across The Universe" album launch
Dimitri Vassilakis saxes/vocals
Jack Walrath trumpet
Theo Hill piano
Essiet Essiet bass
Sylvia Cuenca drums
Thursday June 2nd 7-9pm
Onassis Cultural Centre Atrium
645 5th Ave
New York, 10019
Dimitri Vassilakis-Across The Universe
(Candid Records ZOCD78507)
Dimitri Vassilakis sings and plays songs from the Beatles, Doors, Nina Simone and
Chet Baker repertoire, to celebrate Candid Records 50th anniversary!
Original arrangements recorded in New York with a large ensemble; a cosmopolitan
line up of top international jazzmen from all continents. Special guests include
the west coast r&b power vocals of Kamaria Ousley & the warm and sensual voice of
UK's vocal diva Juliet Kelly.
Dimitrios Vassilakis (soprano & tenor saxophones and lead vocals Theo Hill (piano),
Essiet Okon Essiet (bass), Sylvia Cuenca (drums), Kamaria Ousley & Juliet Kelly
(lead/backing vocals), Christos Rafalides (vibraphone), George Kontrafouris (hammond),
Kostis Christodoulou (keyboards), Rex Richardson (trumpets), Adonis Andreou (trombones)
and Enrique "Kiki" Bu (percussion).
After the award winning (BBC, Smithsonian, Yale) Candid trilogy:
"Secret Path", "Labyrinth" & "Parallel Lines", that produced collaborations
with: Jeff "Tain" Watts, Essiet Essiet, Dave Liebman, Abdullah Ibrahim, Marc Johnson,
Ralph Peterson, Andy Sheppard, Theodosii Spassov, Sylvia Cuenca, Jazz Jamaica, Tomorrows
Warriors, The Greek Gang! and many more, this album tells the life story of this
world traveller that has also crossed the finish line
@ the historic 2010 Athens Marathon!
Includes radio hits "Nature Boy", "Across The Universe", "Light My Fire" &
"Dimitri has a wonderful voice especially evocative and warm on the ballads…some
robust saxophone work and fine arrangements"
"Saxophonist-vocalist Dimitri Vassilakis is a dynamic live performer. His highflying
style full of impassioned lines and impeccable technique, fires his exciting new
London Jazz Festival
"Infinite grace poetry and passion...Dimitri Vassilakis is revered as the Hellenic
God of post-modern expression. Arhapsodic stylist of immense power and authority."
BBC Music Magazine
"Vassilakis leads a groove-based trio with Essiet Essiet and Jeff "Tain" Watts...I've
little doubt that if these three played live, it would burn…" Jazz Times NY
"Dimitri Vassilakis uses the warmth of his Greek spirit to inform a command of
the jazz language, with a series of great Candid recordings to his name." London
"Jazz among the Greek Gods…Dimitri Vassilakis brings fresh, organic and energized
music to the Smithsonian."
Natural History Museum Washington DC
"Vassilakis is a consistently interesting and often very impressive player…conjures
amazing depths of color and harmonic resonance from his group… filtered through
a unique imagination and delivered by a powerfully individual voice."
The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 7th edition
"His timbre is soaked in thick, slow harmonic molasses…"
One Way Magazine LA
"Leader Vassilakis's compositions offer a perfect platform for post-modern expression…whiz-kid
tenor player from Greece…post-Coltrane, post-Rollins style…high-energy and immensely
fluid…overall, euphorically dizzying."
"Live at Birdland" "New York Press"
"A cut above the rest...still spinning furiously on this deck...a sparkling set
of original tunes from Greek saxophonist...this album is a revelation."
Ronnie Scott's Magazine
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