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Andrzej Przybielski with Oles Brothers: De Profundis

Read "De Profundis" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski passed on in February 2011, he left behind a rich legacy in music. His name may not be widely known outside his native Poland, but he was nevertheless a stylist who carved a nook in several genres. He could play a melody with warmth, and then dart into trajectories that broke the skein but did not sacrifice logic. His harmonic concepts were drawn from several streams and he used them most skillfully.Przybielski's association with ...

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Marcin and Bartlomiej Brat Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by John Sharpe

Faced with any bass and drums duo, the question is always going to be: does it pass the music minus one test? It is a brave and unforgiving furrow which not too many choose to plough. Of those that do, they often stretch the parameters by using tuned percussion or additional wind instruments like William Parker and Hamid Drake in their celebrated duets, or double-up on another string instrument like Henry Grimes and Rashied Ali(Porter Records, 2008), where recitations also ...

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Marcin & Bartlomeij Brat Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The unexpected should be expected at the very visual that heralds the package of Duo by the twin brothers, Marcin Oles (bass) and Bartlomeij Brat Oles (drums). It suggests complete and utter deconstruction--from destruction to reconstruction--in the strongest possible way. The prospect of rippling water, suggesting the infinite, together with the circles within circles harking to the finite, suggests a musical experience like none ever before. And if this sounds like the advent of something revolutionary, that is because it ...

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Marcin & Bartlomiej Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Twin brothers Marcin and Bartlomiej Brat Oles have lent a unique perspective to several jazz recordings. Both play instruments that provide the rhythm and impetus to front line musicians; but each has his own sense of dynamics and harmony that often gives the music an unexpected dimension.

The Oles brothers have developed their approach and honed their art both as leaders and sidemen, playing with artists including Theo Jorgensmann, David Murray, Simon Nabotov, Herb Robertson and Kenny Werner. ...

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Marcin Oles/Mikolaj Trzaska/Bratolmeiej Oles/Jean Luc-Cappozzo: Suite for Trio +

Read "Suite for Trio +" reviewed by Michael McCaw

Many times people come across a free jazz improvisation album and assume they know what it's going to sound like, but here is something that belies those preconceptions. Comprised of trumpet, alto saxophone or bass clarinet, acoustic bass, and drums, Suite for Trio + seamlessly fuses composed sections with free improvisation to yield a haunting, understated sound that utilizes space as much as the notes played.Opening with a short free improvisation supported by sounds resembling rocks in a ...