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Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Recorded by Flemish radio in Antwerp 2016 without the trio's knowledge, this accidental live disc not only delivers to followers of this long-lived Polish unit an essential live document, it washes over newcomers like a cresting baptismal wave that never stops cleansing the soul and senses.

Nearing thirty years as a unit--they also served ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It is timely, albeit in a melancholy way, that one-time Tomasz Stańko protégé Marcin Wasilewski and his trio would offer a retrospective live performance that closely coincides with the passing of the legendary Polish trumpeter. The pianist, still just in his early forties, first recorded with Stańko's octet while he was a teenager and quickly went ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: The Winds Of Grace

Read "Charles Lloyd: The Winds Of Grace" reviewed by Ian Patterson

At seventy nine years young Charles Lloyd is showing no signs of slowing down. The summer months see the Memphis saxophonist/flautist on the North American and European festival circuits with his quartet of Gerald Clayton, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, followed by dates with The Marvels, Lloyd's most recent group, featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Rogers ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

April Jazz 2015

Read "April Jazz 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

April Jazz 2015
National Concert Hall
jny: Dublin
April 10-12, 2015

April Jazz is the latest addition to Dublin's thriving jazz/improvised music scene. The weekend festival is part of the National Concert Hall's Perspectives program, a series of monthly concerts that spans modern bluegrass and fiddle soundscapes, alt country ...

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder: Spark of Life

Read "Spark of Life" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il rodato trio di Marcin Wasilewski si allarga a quartetto ospitando il sassofonista svedese Joakim Milder, che si mostra adattissimo alla poetica della formazione polacca e ne esalta gli aspetti lirici e riflessivi. Non a caso, perché Milder nel 1997 era stato parte dello splendido lavoro che Tomasz Stanko--mentore di Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz e Michal Miskiewicz--aveva ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/ Joakim Milder: Spark of Life

Read "Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/ Joakim Milder: Spark of Life" reviewed by John Kelman

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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder: Spark of Life

Read "Spark of Life" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At about the same time Louis Armstrong was “inventing" modern improvised jazz--Poland was already immersed in a jazz tradition that included American influences and an ethnic take on swing. Despite bouts with repressive regimes that sent jazz underground, Poland continued to be a progressive haven for the form. Through the 1950s and 1960s pianist/composer Krzysztof Komeda ...