Admirers of fellow Cuneiform Records artists, Gutbucket and Led Bib or other groups embracing the jazz-rock and progressive rock genres may find a lot to get revved up about with the Polish quartet, Tatvamasi. No doubt, it's an aggressive unit, armed with a vibrant demeanor as they tread across the jazz and rock terrains with polyrhythmic grooves, accentuated by the frontline's high-impact mode of delivery. The musicians' agility amid a throng of sub-motifs and variable pulses are often framed on complex unison choruses, rapidly executed paradigm shifts and a few episodic passages where tenor saxophonist Tomasz Piqtek skirts the free-jazz schema.
Electric guitarist Grzegorz Lesiak employs distortion techniques and uses a wah-wah pedal on many of these tracks and aligns with Piqtek for a take no prisoners approach. On "Rhubanabarb," the band dishes out a punishing attack via alternating flows and knotty time signatures. They build up steam via intersecting theme-building maneuvers, as Lesiak's slinky wah-wah lines generate a serrated edge. Here and throughout, the musicians impart an oscillating string of disparate melodies ingrained in sojourns that ultimately deliver the KO blow. But on this piece, they calm the waters for a brief time interval, perhaps alluding to imagery of smooth sailing after experiencing rough seas. Nonetheless, the quartet's hyper-mode game-plan is offset with a multitude of dynamically concocted inventions, offering plentiful contrasts and colorizations when considering the rapidly moving parts. (Recommended...)
Personnel: Tomasz Piqtek: tenor saxophone; Grzegorz Lesiak: guitar; Lukasz Downar: bass guitar; Krzyszlof Redas: drums.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.