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Jakob Buchanan: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the defining characteristics of mankind is the awareness of death as a part of the human condition. We all know that we are going to die. This awareness has been an inspiration to many artists and it could be said that art itself is a way of coming to terms with death. This is ...

Komeda Project: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Krzysztof Komeda is a figure of immense significance in Polish jazz, in effect the musician who both gave it its original authentic voice and marked its place in the world. In the 15 years before his death in 1969, Komeda was active as bandleader and film composer, scoring films by Roman Polanski like Two Men and ...

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Komeda Project: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

A tre anni dal debutto discografico con Crazy Girl, il Komeda Project del sassofonista Krzysztof Medyna e del pianista Andrzej Winnicki pubblica un secondo volume reinterpretando altre significative opere del compositore polacco. Com'è noto, quest'ultimo non è stato solo l'autore delle musiche dei film di Roman Polanski ma uno dei protagonisti della scena jazzistica europea a cavallo tra hard-bop e ...

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Komeda Project: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Komeda Project's Requiem is released 40 years after the untimely death of the great Polish composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda, best known for his original soundtracks to Roman Polanski's films Knife in the Water and Rosemary's Baby, as well as his work with great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. The European-American Komeda ensemble--pianist/arranger Andrzej Winnicki, trumpeter Russ ...

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Komeda Project: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Chris May

Despite the snowballing emergence of European jazz musicians on the world stage, relatively few European jazz composers have, in 2009, made it into the global repertory, which continues to be dominated by American voices. Perhaps it always will be, and perhaps local singularities--Italian or British or Scandinavian or whatever--are in any case better treasured, rather than ...

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Komeda Project: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With the magnificent Requiem, pianist Andrzej Winnicki and saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna solidify and enhance their reputations as the prime promoters of the essential music of the Polish pianist and composer Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969). Komeda is widely recognized as the founder of modern Polish, and in a wider sense, European modern jazz. That he worked in Poland ...

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Komeda Project: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There's an awareness which is located deep within human nature that we're subject to both positive feelings as well as destructive impulses: Love and death, Eros and Thanatos, exist side by side. All great art is a mirror of the human condition and nobody understood better than the Polish composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda that life ...

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William Parker Bass Quartet featuring Charles Gayle: Requiem

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Anni fa in alcuni ambienti accademici italiani nacque una discussione, innescata da un agente, sulla difficoltà estrema o l’opportunità di portare sul palco un collettivo di soli contrabbassi per gli inevitabili problemi di intonazione che, anche nel caso di musicisti molto preparati, una simile formazione pone. William Parker, Alan Silva, Sirone e Henry Grimes hanno scavalcato a ...

Branford Marsalis: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Ian Nicolson

For ten years or so, since Crazy People Music back in 1990, Branford Marsalis has steered well clear of the definitive in Jazz. He's played sax with Sting, Tina Turner, and Gangstarr, led Jay Leno's Tonight Show band, toured with Dizzy, made movies with Danny De Vito, recorded Blues-based albums starring B B King and Lightnin' ...

Branford Marsalis: Requiem

Read "Requiem" reviewed by Bob Margolis

Telepathy. Elasticity. Forward looking. Branford Marsalis's new release, “Requiem" makes us glad Steepy brought back the quartet form to his music and makes us even more profoundly sad about the tragic passing of pianist Kenny Kirkland. Although the original plan was to get used to the material, hone it on the road and come back to ...