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Larry Koonse & Darek Oleszkiewicz: Storybook

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In a new venture and on a new jazz label, Jazz Compass, West Coast guitarist Larry Koonse and bassist Darek “Oles" Oleszkiewicz essentially perform a series of duets, with the subtle assistance of percussionist Munyungo Jackson.

These ten original compositions feature the musicians in a series of intimate duets and trios that feature the melody played by both the bassist as well as the guitarist. The compositions have a feeling of shared lyrical empathy and seem influenced by ...

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Darek Oleszkiewicz: Like A Dream

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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 ...

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Darek Oleszkiewicz: Like a Dream

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Bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz, who prefers to go by the abbreviated moniker Oles, has gradually been establishing a name for himself on the West Coast scene over the past decade, playing on notable recordings by artists including Dianne Reeves, Jackie Ryan and Charles Lloyd. Now, with his Cryptogramophone d'but as a leader, Like a Dream , he sheds a spotlight on his compositional skills. On a programme of eleven originals and one standard, Oles demonstrates a style that crosses a number ...


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