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

TARANAKI WOMAD 2015; THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

TARANAKI WOMAD 2015; THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

Longtime Elsewhere readers will know that we here always keep our ears on what the rest of the planet is doing . . . hence our longstanding World Music pages where international albums are... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Jane Harbour of Spiro

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Jane Harbour of Spiro

The English folk group Spiro have been credited with redefining the genre by deftly incorporating contemporary elements from Steve Reich and Philip Glass, according to Peter Gabriel who has signed... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Can, Tago Mago (1971)

Can, Tago Mago (1971)

Only a rare band could count among its admirers and proselytisers the young Johnny Rotten, David Bowie and Brian Eno, eccentric UK rocker Julian Cope, and Bobby Gillespie of Primal... > Read more

Rarotonga: A moment in the frame

Rarotonga: A moment in the frame

Every now and again -- if we are really lucky -- we realise we are in that postcard perfect world we have lingered over in the pages of glossy magazines, but images which we persuade ourselves only... > Read more