Faraway So Close is a trio offering from pianist Guillaume de Chassy, whose previous recording, Piano Solo (Bee Jazz, 2007), was completely engrossing in its trenchant beauty. This album projects the same depth, sincerity and directness of communication as the former one, but in a trio setting. Music is mysterious in the manner in which its affects are felt. The piano, with its mechanical action, adds a further layer to the puzzle, as Jon Balke made clear on Book of Velocities (ECM, 2008). De Chassy's keyboard touch is remarkable for its liquid clarity and supports his seeming endless supply of ideas, both melodic and harmonic.
Created at the dawn of the Third Millenium, Verbal Delirium is a Progressive rock band from Greece. This trio, made of Jargon (Compositions, vocals & keyboards), Nikitas Kissnas (Guitar) and Nik Michailidis (Bass), plus a cello player and a drummer. Not exactly a musical delirium, but a collection of ten melodic songs and instrumental pieces brilliantly played and produced, somewhere between Progressive rock and hard-rock. The lyrics are briillantly performed, and the music isvery dynamic, with a wide range of influences. That includes Peter Hammill, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Camel, Porcupine Tree… Verbal Delirium combines powerful and sometimes heavy guitars, intense singing, strong melodies, and symphonic keyboards, in a pleasant and promising manner.