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Andrzej Winnicki

The band name WM Project nods to the first letter in the surnames of pianist Andrzej Winnicki and tenor saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, who are longtime collaborators. They performed together in Europe in the 1980s before relocating to the United States, and in the 1990s, they were members of the band Electric Breakwater. Also, they were both in the band the Komeda Project, which was dedicated to the music of Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda and recorded a few albums, including 2009’s Requiem. For their new band’s debut, the pianist and saxophonist have assembled a terrific lineup: trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, trombonist Marshall Gilkes, guitarist Rafal Sarnecki, bassist Jeff Dingler and drummer Michael Winnicki
Plenty has been written about European musicians approaching the American jazz tradition; it's far rarer to hear about American musicians bringing their heritage to distinctly European projects

WM Project

Starting at the beginning of this year, Krzysztof Medyna and Andrzej Winnicki (Komeda Project alumni), set out to put a new and entirely different project together. So, the WM Project was born. In March they got a bunch of amazing New York City musicians together to record a new CD.
Here's the line-up: Jeremy Pelt on trumpet (five-time DownBeat & Jazz Journalists Association Rising Star Award winner), Marshall Gilkes on trombone (awarded a title of a Rising Star in the latest DownBeat Magazine critics poll and a double 2016 Grammy nominee), Krzysztof Medyna (Komeda Project alumnus) on tenor sax, Rafal Sarnecki on guitar, Andrzej Winnicki (Komeda Project alumnus) on piano, Jeff Dingler on bass and Michael Winnicki on drums.
The title of the CD is "From a Familiar Place"

From a Familiar Place

Label: WM Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: From a Familiar Place; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Blind Warriors; On Sunday, After Church; Take Five; Das Bounce; Grass Hoppers; Praeludium; Looking Ahead

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

WM Project: From a Familiar Place

Read "From a Familiar Place" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The WM Project, led by saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna and pianist Andrzej Winnicki, doesn't sound much like the Komeda Project. Medyna and Winnicki have earned well-deserved acclaim for their work in that ensemble that explores the music of their countryman, Krzysztof Komeda. But here, instead of the Polish melancholy, haunting themes and brooding melodies, they take From ...

NEWS: RECORDING

WM Project releases debut From a Familiar Place featuring Jeremy Pelt, Marshall Gilkes and Rafal Sarnecki

WM Project releases debut From a Familiar Place featuring Jeremy Pelt, Marshall Gilkes and Rafal Sarnecki

WM Project has released their debut album From a Familiar Place on WM Records. While WM Project is a brand-new constellation, the musical masterminds behind it, pianist Andrzej Winnicki and tenor saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, go back a long way. They have played together in the fusion group Electric Breakwater, and have furthered appreciation of Polish composer ...

In the Bush

Label: WM Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Happy Song; Breakwater; Blind Warriors; Yellow Weather; Looking Ahead; Elutka; Close to Home; In the Bush; Mad Maid; And We Call It Jazz; Quick Sand; Elutka (full band version);

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leszek Mozdzer: Komeda

Read "Komeda" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Krzysztof Komeda, the Polish musician and composer who died, age 38, in 1969, was a key figure in the emergence of European jazz, and remains a major source of inspiration for musicians across the continent. On Komeda, his ACT solo album debut, pianist Leszek Możdżer pays his own beautifully crafted tribute to his fellow countryman.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Komeda Project Interviewed at AAJ

Komeda Project Interviewed at AAJ

Komeda Project is dedicated to the music of the great Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda. Komeda died young--days before his 38th birthday. During his relatively short life, he composed numerous film scores and jazz tunes and was responsible for the seminal album Astigmatic (Muza Records, 1965)--one of Jazzwise Magazine's “100 Jazz Albums that Shook the World." It ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Komeda Project: Bringing New Life to a Legend

Read "Komeda Project: Bringing New Life to a Legend" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Komeda Project is dedicated to the music of the great Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda. Komeda died young--days before his 38th birthday. During his relatively short life, he composed numerous film scores and jazz tunes and was responsible for the seminal album Astigmatic (Muza Records, 1965)--one of Jazzwise Magazine's “100 Jazz Albums that Shook the World." It ...


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