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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Jantar 2017

Read "Jazz Jantar 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazz Jantar
Klub Zak
Gdańsk, Poland
November 9-12, 2017

Jazz Jantar is one of the less well-known Polish festivals (outside of Poland), but it has been running in the northern port of Gdańsk for two decades, and is housed by Klub Zak, an arts centre that has roots ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

High Definition Quartet: Bukoliki

Read "Bukoliki" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Surprises abound on Poland's For-Tune Records label, reminding us of this country's well-known and important legacy within modern jazz circles. On the heels of their widely acclaimed debut Hopasa (Emarcy, 2013), the High Definition Quartet strikes again with this superfine effort that substantiates its moniker with the crystal clear audio characteristics and the musicians' strict attention ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Irek Wojtczak & The Fonda-Stevens Group: Folk Five

Read "Folk Five" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il connubio con la tradizione folklorica è stata una delle costanti del jazz in Polonia. Dal loro enorme patrimonio di canti e danze popolari hanno tratto ispirazione -direttamente o indirettamente-importanti jazzmen di quel Paese: si va dall'opera pionieristica di Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski e di Zygmunt Wichary a quella di Zbigniew Namyslowski, Michal Urbaniak, Andrzej Trzaskowski e ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Maciej Lewenstein: Quantum Mechanics of Polish Jazz

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Maciej Lewenstein was born in 1955 in Warsaw. He is a theoretical physicist and currently an ICREA professor at Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) in Castelldefels near jny: Barcelona, Spain. He has written more than 500 scientific papers and is the recipient of many international and national prizes. Next to theoretical physics his other passion is ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Stanislaw Soyka & The Roger Berg Big Band Release "Swing Revisited"

Stanislaw Soyka & The Roger Berg Big Band Release "Swing Revisited"

American swing played with bravado by leading Polish jazzman Stanislaw Soyka and the Roger Berg Big Band. In their rendition, recorded at sessions in Malmö and jny: Warsaw, the artists refreshed jazz standards by Duke Ellington and Ray Charles among others. Swing Revisited is an album by Stanislaw Soyka, a noted Polish jazz singer, and the Roger ...

Lukasz Gorewicz: The String of Horizons

Read "The String of Horizons" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Active in both classical and contemporary music, Polish violinist/composer Łukasz Górewicz is perhaps best known abroad for Ecstasy Project, the unique experimental chamber/avant-garde jazz ensemble formed in 1999; its albums such as Realium (Polish Jazz, 2005) and Reminiscence Europae (Fonografica, 2008) underlined Górewicz' credentials as one of the most arresting violinists of his generation, regardless of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pulsarus: Bee Itch

Read "Bee Itch" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

When discussing progressive jazz contexts, let us not forget our brothers and sisters in Poland who have been riding the cutting-edge schema for decades, evidenced by pianists Adam Makowicz, Marcin Wasilewski, trumpeter Tomasz Stańko and other notables of the global jazz and improvising network. However, the young For Tune record label highlights fledgling talent and seasoned ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/ Joakim Milder: Spark of Life

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What do you do when you've released three albums as a trio (more, if you include albums released in Poland, prior to coming to the label) for a producer who traditionally seems to like shaking things up after that magic number? For Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski and his longstanding trio--first coming together in their teens, they've ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Marcin Olak

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Meet Marcin Olak:
Marcin Olak is one of the most interesting Polish jazz guitar players. He is one of the few who play modern jazz on classical and acoustic guitars, using the specific sound and articulative possibilities of those instruments; sometimes he also plays electric guitar. He moves between various styles: jazz, classical and contemporary, ...

Introducing the Polish Label For Tune

Read "Introducing the Polish Label For Tune" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The polish For Tune label was founded in 2013 and has already managed to release 30 albums that feature some of the lesser known yet intriguing Polish outfits. The three outfits presented below all feature a fresh, unconventional perspective on the jazz idiom, its legacy and its inclusive current and future sonic language. The label succeeded ...