123

Darek Oleszkiewicz: Like A Dream

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Darek Oleszkiewicz: Like A Dream A lyrical bassist with virtuosic technique, Darek Oles shares his love of straight-ahead jazz with many fellow musicians. Both in the U.S. and in his native Poland, he continues to nurture our love for a melody through his work with various ensembles. With his debut as leader, Oles also introduces the public to his musical compositions: nine originals that swing gently with compassion.

Oles and pianist Brad Mehldau interpret the first five ballads of the session as a duo. Their seamless interplay moves fluidly through cool waters. On his blues, the bassist states his theme with a vocalist's passion. He and Mehldau tie their intuitive thoughts together succinctly. In their hands, the Great American Songbook standard "You Don't Know What Love Is" receives a unique rhythmic treatment, albeit fluid and graceful. The duo raps this one out in 7/4 with a spark of energy. Their calm demeanor and cool freshness seal the piece's underlying motion tightly.

The Los Angeles Jazz Quartet has introduced Oles to straight-ahead audiences for nearly a decade. After capturing the runner-up prize in the 1996 Cognac Hennessey Jazz Search, the bassist and his partners released several poignant albums. Guitarist Larry Koonse, saxophonist Chuck Manning and Mark Ferber join him here for "Before the Journey" and "Precious Moments," evoking the fulfilling experiences that they've shared together. Keeping the scene light and cool, the quartet swings gently with a graceful, mainstream air. Everyone solos.

With Adam Benjamin and Nate Wood, the bassist interprets the final three compositions on his program as a group of mellow trio outings. Lyricism remains the emphasis as Oles solos lovingly with heartfelt compassion. The album's high point comes on Bennie Maupin's searing cameo, giving the program a fitting conclusion.

Several of Cryptogramophone's new releases, including Like A Dream , come with a ten-track sampler that highlights the label's artists. Mehldau and Oles lead off the compilation with "You Don't Know What Love Is," from the above session. Cellist Erik Friedlander follows with "Consternation," featuring an acoustic, chamber jazz ensemble with a powerful voice. Mark Dresser and Denman Maroney offer a light piano-voice-bass adventure on "Appertivo" that swings enthusiastically. It's intriguing. Wordless vocals are one of the glues that have held jazz together over the decades.

The Nels Cline Singers rock hard on "He Still Carries a Torch for Her," while Jeff Gauthier's Goatette ensemble interprets a mellow "Waltz for K.P." Pianist Alan Pasqua, bassist Dave Carpenter and drummer Peter Erskine offer a sophisticated "Blues for Carin'," honoring the late Eric von Essen. Their loving caress proves rewarding. Scot Ray's quintet storms with a solid rock foundation, while the Don Preston Trio pays homage to both Frank Zappa and Eric Dolphy.

"A Cry for John Brown," by the Scott Amendola Band, provides proof of modern mainstream, leading-edge growth; then, the Alex Cline Ensemble closes out the sampler with an ethereal foray into impressionism. The label has much to offer, and it's all representative of the directions in which we are now headed. The future of modern jazz looks pretty bright.


Track Listing: November; You Don't Know What Love Is; Like a Dream; Time Cafe; Blues for Eden; Precious Moments; Before the Journey; Gift; That Night; Conclusion Part One; Conclusion Part Two; Conclusion Part Three

Personnel: Darek Oles (bass)
Brad Mehldau (piano on "November," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Like a Dream," "Time Caf?," "Blues for Eden")
The L.A. Jazz Quartet (on "Precious Moments," "Before the Journey"): Chuck Manning (saxophones), Larry Koonse (guitar), Mark Ferber (drums)
Bennie Maupin (tenor saxophone on "Conclusion Part II"), Adam Benjamin (piano on "The Gift," "That Night," "Conclusion Part I," "Conclusion Part II," "Conclusion Part III), Nate Wood (drums on "The Gift," "That Night," "Conclusion Part I," "Conclusion Part II," "Conclusion Part III)

Title: Like a Dream | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Cryptogramophone


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Second Act CD/LP/Track Review Second Act
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Imaga Mondo CD/LP/Track Review Imaga Mondo
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Port Of Call CD/LP/Track Review Port Of Call
by John Sharpe
Published: August 23, 2017
Read May I Introduce To You CD/LP/Track Review May I Introduce To You
by James Nadal
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read "One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio" CD/LP/Track Review One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 7, 2016
Read "Ljubljana" CD/LP/Track Review Ljubljana
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 6, 2017
Read "57th & 9th" CD/LP/Track Review 57th & 9th
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 6, 2016
Read "My Tongue Crumbles After" CD/LP/Track Review My Tongue Crumbles After
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 1, 2017
Read "Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2016
Read "Mata Hati" CD/LP/Track Review Mata Hati
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 10, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.