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Tomasz Dąbrowski FREE4ARTS: When I Come Across

Read "When I Come Across" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A musician who has frequently changed creative directions, trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski takes yet another uncharted path with his latest FREE4ARTS album, When I Come Across. With erstwhile pianist Jacob Anderskov moving aside for guitarist Simon Krebs, this version of the band now possesses a grittier, rock-inflected sound. With frequent Dabrowski colleague Sven Dam Meinild switching from alto to baritone sax, unique sonorities become possible as well, resulting in music with a subtle beauty in the midst of its edgy grooves. ...

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Tomasz Dąbrowski FREE4ARTS: When I Come Across

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Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski (who lives in Denmark) leads an empathetic Nordic quartet with FREE4ARTS, in their sophomore outing. As the group name implies, they play freely, favoring the rubato approach found in so many ECM recordings. Opening track “HPB" begins with new member guitarist Simon Krebs (replacing pianist Jacob Anderskov) and baritone saxophonist Sven Dam Meinild setting the stage for Dąbrowski's lyrical trumpet entry. There is no bass in the group, but here the baritone takes that ...

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Tomasz Dąbrowski FREE4ARTS: Six Months and Ten Drops

Read "Six Months and Ten Drops" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

FREE4ARTS may be the most Nordic-sounding group of Polish, jny: Copenhagen-based prolific trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski. The quartet features colleagues from the musicians-run collective and record label Barefoot Records including baritone saxophonist Sven Dam Meinild, who also plays in Dąbrowski international quartet Ocean Fanfare, and drummer Kasper Tom Christiansen, who collaborated before with Dąbrowski in the Polish-Danish trio Hunger Pangs. Pianist Jacob Anderskov, in his first recorded collaboration with Dąbrowski, recorded a fine duet with Christiansen, Chroma (Barefoot Records, 2014).


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