Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of An Other (ECM)

 |   |  <1 min read

Savina Yannatou: Za lioubih maimo tri momi (Bulgaria)
Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of An Other (ECM)

Not going to lie to you: this one isn't easy and certainly won't be to everyone's taste -- but I guess you have to expect that when a Greek singer takes on Armenia, Bulgarian, Albania etc folk in the company of a group which includes oud, guitar, accordion, double bass and nay (Egyptian flute).

Oh, and it is on the ECM jazz label -- so there's a bit of stretching out into free jazz in places, and some vocalising of the kind you'd be more likely to hear in some arthouse concert.

Okay, all that aside . . .

Yannatou has a voice that aches with a rare passion and although you won't have clue what she is singing about this is a three-hankie weepie.

This could be folk or world music-jazz, but whatever it is there is much that is compelling about it and while the improvised sections take the focus away from that remarkable voice (she hints at Yoko in one place) that too is the appeal of this - for those up to a challenge.   

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

1 GIANT LEAP'S DUNCAN BRIDGEMAN INTERVIEWED (2008): Into the great wide open

1 GIANT LEAP'S DUNCAN BRIDGEMAN INTERVIEWED (2008): Into the great wide open

A few drinks and late afternoon pre-dinner nibbles in an Auckland bar with London-based, world music-inclusive musician Duncan Bridgeman of 1 Giant Leap means a free ranging conversation: American... > Read more

Thione Seck; Orientissime (Elite) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007

Thione Seck; Orientissime (Elite) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007

There are some who think that "world music" is corrupted by outside influences, and that the folk musicians of various parts of the globe should be time-locked so as to retain some degree... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

10 SHAMEFUL RECORD COVERS I'M PROUD TO OWN

10 SHAMEFUL RECORD COVERS I'M PROUD TO OWN

As mentioned previously in regard to Record Store Day -- the day when artists release albums and singles on vinyl to encourage people back to the format and into record shops -- people who just... > Read more

Various Artists: Late Night Tales; Nils Frahm (latenighttales/Southbound)

Various Artists: Late Night Tales; Nils Frahm (latenighttales/Southbound)

Elsewhere has most often enjoyed these Late Night Tales compilations (and has written about quite a few) where someone famous (or little known) is invited to make a vaguely themed collection, and... > Read more