Recorded by Flemish radio in Antwerp 2016 without the trio's knowledge, this accidental live disc not only delivers to followers of this long-lived Polish unit an essential live document, it washes over newcomers like a cresting baptismal wave that never stops cleansing the soul and senses.
Nearing thirty years as a unitthey also served as the late trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's adventurous rhythm section from 2001-2006)the ability of pianist Marcin Wasilewski, double bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz to anticipate and activate each other's musical turns and temptations is a marvel to experience. Drawn largely from the trio's satisfyingly creative 2013 collaboration with saxophonist Joakim Milder, the music here is given greater freedom to evolve onstage. The trio has been exploring Jazz Police's "Message In A Bottle" since their inception, yet here it sounds startlingly new and fresh, with an unrelenting rhythm that somehow contains itself for the suite-like dream of "Three Reflections" before erupting again for the full locomotive energy of "Night Train to You."
Throughout these performances, Wasilewski's left hand toys effortlessly with thunder and the roiling sea, while his right, undeterred by such forces, revels in unrestrained melodicismat once intense, mischievous, joyful, sombervery often within the space of the same measure. Kurkiewicz and Miskiewicz may not step to the fore often, but they demand their space within the music. Where the rhythm section does showcase, on Herbie Hancock's "Actual Proof," they hold tight the original's jazz-funk while Wasilewski cartwheels around them.
Spark of Life; Sudovian Dance; Message In a Bottle; Three Reflections; Night Train to You; Austin;
Marcin Wasilewski: piano; Slawomir Kurkiewicz: double bass; Michal Miskiewicz: drums.
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.