Wasilewski/Kurkiewicz/Miskiewicz: Trio (2005)
The free pieces breathe a quiet fire similar to the less-is-more impressionistic stylings of fellow ECM-er Bobo Stenson and the off-the-cusp ruminations of the Keith Jarrett Trio. Wayne Shorter's rarely-played "Plaza Real," written during his days with Weather Report, is reconfigured by pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and drummer Michal Miskiewicz into an almost unrecognizable tune by stripping it bare. Icelandic pop singer Björk's songs are being covered by an increasing number of jazz musicians, and the trio's version of "Hyperballad" is pensive and cool, drawing out the song's airy effect.
Wasilewski is the group's major writer. His free bop is like a controlled explosion as the drummer drops little bombs that the pianist and bassist dance around. Some albums tend to sneak up, requiring repeated listenings. With each spin the fragile, delicate, shimmering beauty of Trio continually reveals itself.
Track Listing: Trio Conversation; Hyperballad; Roxana's Song; K.T.C.; Plaza Real; Shine; Green Sky; Sister's Song; Drum Kick; Free-bop; Free Combinations; Entropy; Trio. Conversation.
Personnel: Marcin Wasilewski: piano; Slawomir Kurkiewicz: bass; Michal Miskiewicz: drums.
Record Label: ECM Records