SECRET PATH Candid Records © 1998

"This is first class modal post-bop, played excellently and with imperturbable elegance and warmth. Early 60's John Coltrane, mid-60's Wayne Shorter (Blue Note era). With Vassilakis you hear Athens, such as the lovely jazz bossa-waltz "A puppet's dream" DV provides his take on those "jazz soloist with strings" settings with some wry, piquant writing for his combo and string quartet. On this Path, creative and engaging jazz, by a player who shouldn't be kept a Secret."
Jazz Review

"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

"As this album shows, he is an impressive musician?his authorship does not seem to restrict the variety of his solo responses?while his rhapsodic work has an almost Rollins-like swagger." Jazz Journal

"Simply the best album in the field of the Greek jazz discography?mature playing, very high level of compositions, warm, melodic, polyrhythmic and full of little twists and turns." Sound & Hi-Fi magazine (Athens, 01/1999)

"Best album for 1998.? Jazz & Τζαζ magazine (Athens, 12/98)

"Great recording, beautiful sound on both horns and good writing." 
David Liebman

"Top Greek jazzman?the music of the album combines the spiritual, esoteric element of the title with sensuality and intensity?his tunes are inspired, well built and easily remembered?one of the best albums for 1998."
Virgin Mega Store Magazine (Athens, 02/1999)

"Recording debut of the talented Greek saxman gaining International credit!  He has found a strong voice and identity of his own ? maturity and an all-round writing concept - daring for originality and experimentation; check the three different rhythmic motifs of Triptych, the amazing Secret Path, where his soprano reaches an ?orgasmic? climax, the sensual and sweet A Puppet?s Dream, the restless, energetic Regroova ce, the melodious and hedonistic Ammos-sommA and the happy and very pleasant Aegean Samba are the 'Sirens' of a magical 'Greekness'...
Pop & Rock
magazine (Athens, 02/99)

  

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