Dimitri Vassilakis Parallel Lives in New York and Chicago


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Launch of the new album on Candid Records: parallel lines, with Jeff “Tain" Watts on drums and Essiet Okon Essiet on bass.

Wednesday April 19th at Sweet Rhythm, New York, 2 sets at 8 and 10 pm.

Dimitri Vassilakis saxes, vocals
Rex Richardson trumpet
Christos Rafalides vibes
Ron McClure bass
Steve Johns drums

Thursday April 20th at The Cutting Room, New York, 2 sets at 9:30 and 10:30pm.

Dimitri Vassilakis saxes, vocals
Christos Rafalides vibes
Ron McClure bass
Steve Johns drums

Saturday April 29th at the HotHouse in Chicago, 2 sets at 7 and 9pm. http://www.hothouse.net

Dimitri Vassilakis saxes, vocals
Essiet Okon Essiet bass
Jeff “Tain" Watts drums
Bob Lark trumpet
Bob Palmieri guitar

Parallel Lines reviews

“Greek saxophone prodigy Dimitri Vassilakis is revered as the Hellenic god of post-modern expression as he proves on his provocative new CD Parallel Lines (Candid). A rhapsodic stylist of immense power and authority" ~London Jazz Festival 2005

“A very impressive trio outing...explosive in its impact, with Vassilakis's energized and inventive soloing on tenor and soprano, (suggestive at times of Sonny Rollins and David Liebman respectively), surging over the propulsive rhythms, but also incorporating subtler use of light and shade and musical colour. The groove tracks are a kind of meditation, while the last track “The Drum Think" is a dramatic tenor/drums overdub" ~ Jazzwise 1/06

“Greek saxophonist Dimitri Vassilakis' third album for Candid Parallel Lines, swings hard from start to finish, and does both Vassilakis and his primary influence, Sonny Rollins, proud. The music is fresh, organic, and energized. Ideas tumble out of Vassilakis' tenor and there's a depth to his tone, which reminds you, happily, of Rollins and another notable Rollins descendant, David S. Ware. Essiet Okon Essiet and Jeff “Tain" Watts both contribute passionate solos, but most of the album is Vassilakis', and he strides out with vigor and sustained invention. A very fine album from a player who is only now approaching first maturity." ~ All About Jazz

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