HoTS: Live In TrójkaBy
Guest pianist Aga Derlak makes her entry undramatically, slipping in to accompany the saxophone solo on "#28" (one of three tunes reprised from Numbers). She then takes her first solo, accompanied only by double bass at first. It's a striking, rhapsodic performance, reminiscent of pianist Keith Jarrett (even including a bit of his characteristic vocalising). This was the longest track on the previous album, and it's even longer here, fueled by the live energy and Derlak's inspired playing.
"#29" is the briefest tune in the set, but is no less dramatic and turbulent for that. It gives the drums an opportunity for rhythmic commentary, and includes a strong guitar solo from the leader. "#25" occupies the ballad slot in the set (at least at the beginning) and benefits from another fine piano solo, which opens up the arrangement in an exciting way. It includes a fine, searching guitar solo from Poncyljusz as well. "#26" moves from the opening position on Numbers to the closing spot here, and proves to be just as effective in that role.
HoTS is an excellent contemporary jazz band, with a blend of classic acoustic bebop and more modern sounds. Their years of playing together definitely show. The presence of a live audiencealong with guest pianist Aga Derlak's contributionsreally take the group sound up a notch.
#30; Panda; #28; #29; #25; #26.
Mikołaj Poncyljusz: guitar, compositions; Radosław Nowak: trumpet; Bartosz Tkacz: tenor saxophone; Aga Derlak: piano (3-6); Adam Prokopowicz: double bass; Maciej Wojcieszuk: drums.
Title: Live In Trójka | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: For Tune
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