Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

160

mikrokolektyw: Revisit

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Jazz has many dialects which can be made interesting or downright dire by the protagonists. Drummer Kuba Suchar and trumpeter Artur Majewski, who incorporate their instruments with electronics, have found a blend that stirs different styles and moods into one satisfactory whole. Majewski has strong melodic insight and opens a deep vein of emotion on the trumpet soothed by warm and captivating sonority. He certainly moves beyond the predictable, blowing angularities and breathy phrases, all of which are underlined by his focus. Suchar's stylistic impulses underline the rhythm and drive the melodic line. He responds with seamless ease to the beckoning of the trumpet and charts his own dynamic trail as well. With both musicians playing Moog synthesizers and adding loops, their intertwining lines weave deep and enduring textures.

"Almost a Good Mood" is a contradiction in approach. Electronics lay a whomping bass line ,while the drums tick a precise beat. Enter the trumpet, all classical and refined. The juxtaposition shifts as Majewski improvises slightly and just when it seems that he will go on to extend the mood, it ends just after two minutes. But they have made their impact by distilling time to the core.

"Casio" is a more open journey. Majewski is introspective and then lets loose with cleverly delineated improvisations. As his approach continues to be deliberate, Suchar sets up a dance tempo. Despite the odd measures, it all melds neatly even as Majewski extends the skein of invention through a welter of sharp notes.

A shift in timbre and pulse is welcome, particularly when it adds surprise. "Lipuko" may seem conventional in approach, a heady melody and a rapid pulse setting it in motion. But the tune is taken into stunning avenues with quicksilver turns of phrase by Majewski who brings in space and then skittles it with a rush of notes. Suchar is constantly energetic in hitting the groove.

Suchar and Majewski find the right blend of nuance and cogency in their music to keep the pulse of interest ticking constantly.

Track Listing: Revisit; Rocket Street; Running Without Effort; Tiring Holiday; Almost a Good Mood; Attention!; Lipuko; Casio; Tar Man; Watermelon From the 80s; Gift.

Personnel: Kuba Suchar: drums, electronics; Artur Majewski: trumpet, electronics.

Title: Revisit | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Delmark Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Album Reviews
Read more articles
Revisit

Revisit

Delmark Records
2010

buy

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Bulería Brooklyniana Album Reviews
Bulería Brooklyniana
By Dan Bilawsky
January 23, 2019
Read At The Hill Of James Magee Album Reviews
At The Hill Of James Magee
By Mark Corroto
January 23, 2019
Read Stomping Off From Greenwood Album Reviews
Stomping Off From Greenwood
By Mike Jurkovic
January 23, 2019
Read Live: The Rites of Spring Festival 2018 Album Reviews
Live: The Rites of Spring Festival 2018
By Roger Weisman
January 23, 2019
Read Runner in the Rain Album Reviews
Runner in the Rain
By Jack Bowers
January 22, 2019
Read Driftglass Album Reviews
Driftglass
By Chris May
January 22, 2019
Read Pure Magic Album Reviews
Pure Magic
By Mark Sullivan
January 22, 2019