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INTERVIEW

Janek Gwizdala: Cooking Up A Little Bass Magic

Read "Janek Gwizdala: Cooking Up A Little Bass Magic" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Virtuosity is not something innate but is rather the result of years of dedication to one's instrument. English-born, Los Angeles-based electric bassist/composer Janek Gwizdala certainly qualifies as a virtuoso but he's the first to acknowledge that the learning--and the practice--never ends. Gwizdala knows that great technical ability, however, doesn't automatically equate with great music, and his seven recordings as a leader to date are testament to his drive to put the tune before ego-driven displays of dazzling chops.

ALBUM REVIEW

Janek Gwizdala: Theatre By The Sea

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Inside a decade, English musician Janek Gwizdala has positioned himself as one of the top electric bassists in New York, boasting a technique and a melodic ear that places him alongside bassists Gary Willis and Matthew Garrison. His acclaimed debut, Mystery to Me (Self Produced, 2005) featured rising stars such as saxophonist Mark Turner, guitarist Tim Miller, singer Gretchen Parlato, drummer Jojo Mayer, harmonica player Gregoire Maret and trombonist/bass trumpeter Elliot Mason. Here was an exciting young talent who chose ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Janek Gwizdala: Live at the 55 Bar 2007

Read "Live at the 55 Bar 2007" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Janek Gwizdala is a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist (he's toured as a rock drummer and guitarist) from London that now makes his home in New York City. There, his proving ground as a world-class electric jazz bassist has been the diminutive but daunting stage of the 55 Bar, where jazz cognoscenti and off-duty virtuosi alike come and check out those brave enough to pick up its gauntlet.

So to follow up his superlative 2005 debut, Mystery to ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mystery to Me-Live in New York

Read "Mystery to Me-Live in New York" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Janek Gwizdala roars out of 2005's gate with a debut CD that not only handily establishes him, at 26, as 2005's best new talent on electric bass but more importantly, should garner him serious consideration for the debut jazz recording of the year. Self-released, self-financed, self-produced and self-penned, there's not an element of this project that's not utterly professional from the playing to the packaging. While Gwizdala is just getting some notoriety as an electric bassist who can ...


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