Perhaps not what you had in mind, but when I think "minimalist" Arvo Part and the tintinnabuli style come to mind. Wonderful stuff!
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From the description it could be Schubert quartet in G perhaps, there’s a whole world of chamber music, not all meant to fade into the background but maybe early Black Sabbath, up to around Sabbath 4 is more like it, that sounds pretty bare bones.
Are you picking up on “minimalist” (by your definition) music because your system can’t do justice to complex stuff? Why is there so much jazz played at hifi shows?
Keeping it simple and back to a classical vein how about solo violin from Bach or Ysaye or Viola from Hindemith or cello from Bach?
I always felt that George Harrison never played a superfluous note!
But yes, I do get the sense of what the OP is trying to capture, particularly as I'm drawn to a lot of 50s/60s jazz trios. How brilliant was Sonny Rollins on "Way Out West" accompanied simply by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne?
This and much more jazz, is in a 'next' thread....