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INTERVIEW

Piotr Turkiewicz: Putting Wroclaw On The Jazz Map

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At just thirty seven years of age it's hard to believe that Piotr Turkiewicz has been pulling the strings of Jazztopad for almost a decade already. The festival, staged each November in the Polish city of Wroclaw, was already a few years old when Turkiewicz became Artistic Director in 2008, but under the canny stewardship of Turkiewicz and General Director Andrzej Kosendiak, Jazztopad has been transformed, in both style and substance, to become one of Europe's more progressively minded jazz ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Obara International Quartet at Dizzy's Cub Coca-Cola

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Obara International Quartet Dizzy's Cub Coca-Cola June 30, 2015 New York, NY On their US debut, the binational (Polish/Norwegian) quartet led by alto saxophonist Maciej Obara kicked off their early set with an up-tempo piece that began with a screaming solo from the leader, who played a flurry of notes before passing the solo duties to pianist Dominik Wania (both are former members of legendary trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's band) while bassist Ole ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Obara International: Live at Manggha

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The sophomore release of Polish-Norwegian quartet Obara International, led by rising Polish alto saxophonist Maciej Obara, solidifies his affinity with cool Nordic jazz. The group is not only the powerful rhythm section of resourceful Norwegians--double bassist Ole Morten Vågan and drummer Gard Nilssen. Lush phrasing by Obara himself and emphatic, profound interplay rounded out by the fantastic young pianist Dominic Wania suggests a formative influence by the Jan Garbarek Norwegian-Swedish quartet from the seventies (with pianist Bobo Stenson, double bassist ...


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