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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 ...

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Oles Brothers with Rob Brown: Live at SJC

Read "Live at SJC" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bartlomiej Brat Oleś (drums) and Marcin Oleś (double bass) have a simple adage when it comes to their music: to remain faithful to their convictions and create music that is open and requires both technical mastery and individual artistry. They have remained true to that whether playing as a Duo (Fenommedia, 2008) or with other musicians ...

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Oles Brothers with Rob Brown: Live At SJC

Read "Live At SJC" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's funny how certain jazz players find other kindred spirits to play with. Where would Ornette Coleman have been if he hadn't found Charlie Haden? Or McCoy Tyner without John Coltrane? Like minds always seem to find and sometimes track down each other. Such is the case with the Polish brothers Marcin Oles (bass) and Bartlomiej ...

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Marcin & Bartlomeij Brat Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questo album è davvero impressionante. I due gemelli polacchi Marcin e Bartlomeij Brat Oles inventano una miriade di suoni che nessuno poteva immaginare essere presenti nelle potenzialità strutturali di un contrabbasso e di una batteria. Lo fanno con grande sapienza tecnica e con grande fantasia compositiva ed improvvisativa. La musica è fresca ed originale, piena di suggestioni, di ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Bartlomiej "Brat" Oles / Kenny Werner / Marcin Oles: Shadows

Read "Shadows" reviewed by Brad Glanden

According to psychologist Carl Jung, certain aspects of the personality are rarely acknowledged by the conscious mind, but make themselves known symbolically through dreams. One such manifestation, the Shadow, represents attributes that are instinctive and have been repressed. Recognizing the Shadow's presence may help bridge the gap between the Ego and the Self, leading to a ...

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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 ...