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.
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.