Described by JazzTimes as a “formidable bassist and composer,” Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. He went on to study classical music in Athens, Amsterdam and New York City before emerging on the NYC jazz scene, where he’s performed alongside some of the city’s renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummers Antonio Sanchez and Ari Hoenig.
All of those influences converge in prismatic and unexpected ways on Minor Dispute, the bassist’s second release for Osby’s Inner Circle Music label. Klampanis’ innovative arrangements swathe his bold compositions for jazz quartet in lush but vital string quartet writing, accented by world music rhythms and folk melodies. The result is a truly multi-cultural fusion of influences that speak together with a surprisingly singular voice.