Singer and harpist Paul Karapiperis with his band called the Small Blues Trap has created a very personal album which he solely produced himself. The title of the album is Fifteen Raindrops In An Ocean Of Blues Tales. Admit it. Do you think you have heard it all? Well, keep on reading this text.

Paul Karapiperis as well as the rest of the band, comes from Greece. In 2004, they formed the Small Blues Trap. Certainly, there are bands and musicians from all over Europe who care about the blues. Although I hadn’t the opportunity to listen to their previous releases, I did listen to their latest work titled “ Fifteen Raindrops In An Ocean Of Blues Tales” and it is indeed a very good work with elegance and richness full of elegance and concerning the traditional blues music. It is unquestionably a treasure trove of traditional blues.

Although thousands of kilometers away from the roots of that old specific music style, Karapiperis and his band will surely be a pleasant surprise to everyone who listens to that album since it is a very expressive, sensitive and luxurious in terms of playing styles, work. Furthermore, it clearly depicts the bands wide affiliation with traditional blues values which is something rather difficult and demanding.

Yes, I know that many are not very much inclined to listen to traditional blues saying that it is a genre that is quite difficult to listen to but I personally had no such problem since I happen to be fond of traditional blues expressions. In addition, it is rather clear that the band worked with great enthusiasm and passion for this CD.

RECOMMENDATION:

In the abundance of many different music styles, a small number of some very unique productions such as this one, are definitely worth of our attention. My opinion is that this particular album is far beyond the European standards and should be a trademark of blues achievement produced in our continent.

Undoubtedly, there is plenty of space for such music and my purpose for writing this article is not to play the role of a critic wishing to pinpoint weaknesses and faults in this work but instead, to encourage other gifted artists as well to follow the example of Paul Karapiperis and produce similar Cds.

So, the only thing that remains is to check out this album for yourselves and enjoy the music that is “trapped” inside.

Mladen Lončar

 

Pjevač i harpista Paul Karapiperis benda Small Blues Trap snimio je u vlastitoj produkciji album Fifteen Raindrops In An Ocean Of Blues Tales. Priznajte do sada ih niste čuli.. ili možda jeste? No, nema veze sve ćete saznati ako pročitate nastavak teksta.

Paul Karapiperis 2004. godine osnovao je Small Blues Trap, koji nam dolazi iz Grčke. Eto i iz tog dijela Europe imamo ljude, bendove i glazbenike, koji njeguju blues glazbu. Kako ovaj bend nisam imao prigode slušati, album Fifteen Raindrops In An Ocean Of Blues Tales dobar je predložak iz kojeg se vrlo lako iščitava velika raskoš i bogatstvo svima nam znane riznice tradicionalnog bluesa.

Iako su tisućama kilometara udaljeni od iskonskih korijena ovog osebujnog glazbenog stila, Karapiperis i njegova ekipa sigurno će Vas ugodno iznenaditi i to najprije svojom ekspresivnom formulacijom prezentacije bluesa. Izražajna, vrlo senzibilna i raskošna prezentacijska forma odaje njihovu zajedničku određenost ka tradicionalnim vrednotama ovog, inače vrlo zahtjevnog blues pravca.

Da, znam mnogi nisu baš previše skloni slušati tradicionalni blues, neki to vole značajno kazati da je to dosta 'teško' za slušati, no osobno mi to ne predstavlja apsolutno nikakav problem. Dapače, osobno vrlo sam sklon upravo ovakvom tradicionalnom blues izričaju.

Paul Karapiperis-vokal, blues harp, gitara; Panagiotis Daras-gitara; Lefteris Besios-bas i Sotiris Kouroutis snimili su album Fifteen Raindrops In An Ocean Of Blues Tales, koji sa svojih 15 kompozicija zorno predstavlja kakva je glazbena sklonost, kako samog Paul Karapiperisa, tako i ostalih glazbenika koji su zdušno pripomogli stvaranju i samom snimanju ovog albuma.

PREPORUKA:

U moru raznih izdanja vrlo je mali broj albuma, koji svrsishodno opisuju glazbene afinitete autora, koji prezentiraju tradicionalni blues izričaj. Za europske blues standarde album Fifteen Raindrops In An Ocean Of Blues Tales daleko je ispred malo razvikanijih blues ostvarenja sa našeg kontinenta.

Gledajući i promatrajući cjeli projekt u svjetskim okvirima jasno je da tu još uvijek ima dovoljno prostora za rad i prezentaciju. No, opet s druge pak strane; neću i ne želim biti 'neki' kritičar, već mi je cilj potaknuti na dalji rad i djelovanje, očevidno nadarenih blues glazbenika.

Paul Karapiperis i društvo to zasigurno jesu. Stoga, slobodno i sami provjerite o čemu se zapravo radi.

Mladen Lončar

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