Marcin Wasilewski Trio: January (2008)
Wasilewski trio's highest profile has come from three CDs with Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, Lontano (ECM Records, 2006), Suspended Night (ECM Records, 2004), and Soul of Things (ECM Records, 2002). Those of you familiar with Stanko's sound won't be surprised here. The first five cutscompositions by Wasilewski, Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone and Prince ("Diamonds and Pearls")are like tranquil prayers, with drummer Michal Miskiewicz coloring the proceedings, Paul Motian-like, with soft pastels behind bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz' resting heartbeat and Wasilewski's succinct and slightly abstract piano approach.
The energy level rises up a couple of notches and gets a bit more prickly with the trio's take on Carla Bley's "King Korn," and stays there for Wasilewski's "The Cat." The title tune, "January," moves back to introspective side, a spare, wistful rumination, and "New York 2007" (the disc was recorded there and then, at Avatar studios) is a softly searching trio improvisation.
The three musicians are just entering their thirties, but with years of playing with Stanko under their belts they have developed a sound full of subtlety, finesse and understated beauty.
Track Listing: The First Touch; Vignette; Cinema Paradiso; Diamonds and Pearls; Balladyna; King Korn; The Cat; January; The Young and Cinema; New York 2007.
Personnel: Marcin Wasilewski: piano; Slawomir Kurkiewicz: double-bass; Michal Miskiewicz: drums.
Record Label: ECM Records
Style: Modern Jazz