LABYRINTH Candid Records © 2001

***voted 2nd jazz album of the year 2002 at the bbc internet poll.

"Infinite grace, poetry and passion inform this labyrinthine music? an excellent saxophonist and composer." BBC Music Magazine   
Jazz album of the month, March 2002

"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, Vassilakis draws stylistic fragments at will from the tradition, mediating taking the informed listener on a kaleidoscopic (or labyrinthine) ride through allusions and associations, all of which have emotional effects?overall, euphorically dizzying." 
New York Press (live at Birdland)

"Vassilakis is a consistently interesting and often very impressive player?conjures amazing depths of color and harmonic resonance from his group?themes inspired by modern jazz filtered through a unique imagination and delivered by a powerfully individual voice."
The Penguin Guide to jazz on CD 7th edition

"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

"Sweet, fluent, expressive, robust post-Coltrane style?an outstanding album." Jazzwise

"An Album of the year." Jazz Review

"Dimitrios Vassilakis is an excellent tenor and soprano saxophone player; this is stormy modern jazz, with an expert and elegant taste of swing and free improvization; Vassilakis is at the same time very technical, very expressive, swift and vigorous, but also attentive to a dramatic expressiveness that develops with originality; an interesting saxophone player worthy of greater stage."
All about Jazz (Italy)


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