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Daniel Rotem: Wise One: Celebrating The Music of John Coltrane

Read "Wise One: Celebrating The Music of John Coltrane" reviewed by Jim Worsley


There was, and still is, a stunningly intricate mosaic to John Coltrane's music. His visionary art form is a gift to the world that keeps on giving. Coltrane's impressions created a legacy of beautifully conceptualized music to be absorbed and reimagined for generations to come. The music is timeless, thanks in large part, obviously, to the man they called Trane. But thanks as well to the talented musicians who have breathed in all that is Coltrane and absorbed the passion ...

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Los Angeles Jazz Quartet: Live at Jazz nad Odra

Read "Live at Jazz nad Odra" reviewed by Jim Worsley


In honor of their twenty-fifth anniversary, Los Angeles Jazz Quartet took the stage in Wroclaw, Poland to perform at the Jazz at Odra Festival. This recording is documentation that they know how to celebrate in style. Five originals and two reimagined classics were powerfully and charismatically presented to an attentive and appreciative audience by bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz, drummer Jason Harnell, saxophonist Chuck Manning and guitarist Larry Koonse. Manning came out of the gate pulsating and swinging to the ...

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Darek Oleszkiewicz: The Promise

Read "The Promise" reviewed by Jim Worsley


As much as John Coltrane left us, blessedly, with a bounty of notes, he also captured a bevy of moods within his artform. While there is much freedom of artistry, and hence note selection, in bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz's solo tribute to Trane, it is the latter that sets this Coltrane adventure apart. That and some virtuosic bass playing that astutely binds musical connectivity, spiritual acuity, and earth tone sensibilities. In a faraway land, known as pre-pandemic 2020, Oleskiewicz ...

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Darek Oleszkiewicz: Rolls-Royce Groovin'

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Inspiring greatness has long been the two-word association with the grand luxury of Rolls-Royce. Britain's entry into automobile finery has thus become benchmark terminology. To hear bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz interact, navigate, and improvise with today's finest jazz musicians is to understand why he has been deemed the Rolls-Royce of the modern day upright. Carrying the torch of masters such as Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, Oleszkiewicz has grooved the genre forward by harnessing the tradition yet unbridling his nuanced colors ...

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Darek Oleszkiewicz: Blues For Charlie

Read "Blues For Charlie" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The serious jazz musician or listener will tell you that to hear the music that prolific bassist Charlie Haden left us, is to be given a rare gift. Haden's extraordinary abilities first made an impact in the 1950s. Perhaps best known for his work with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Haden's most influential mark was in the form of improvisation. He was a pioneer in pushing the bassist role beyond rudimentary rhythms and becoming an integral part of the band's conversation. ...

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George Garzone/Peter Erskine/Alan Pasqua/Darek Oles: 3 Nights in L.A.

Read "3 Nights in L.A." reviewed by Jim Worsley


Any jazz cat will tell you that the art of improvising is the primary contributing factor in what sets jazz apart from other genres. It is the artists' ability to continuously and freely explore a composition. As they expand the notes and the feel, they expand and open our minds along with them. One of the finest examples of that process can be heard on 3 Nights in L.A.. Tenor saxophonist George Garzone, drummer Peter Erskine, pianist Alan ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Flying Steps

Read "Flying Steps" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A good rule of thumb when exploring new or unfamiliar jazz terrain is to look for either bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz or drummer Peter Erskine among the personnel. Finding both together leads to the very satisfying net results of Yelena Eckemoff 's Flying Steps, reuniting the Russian-born pianist with Erskine for their third collaboration. The addition of Oleszkiewicz is a windfall of almost indefinable value, the bassist contributing his experience and versatility as a sideman on more than ...


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