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The Promise

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Satellite; Dearly Beloved; Cousin Mary; The Promise; Naima; Bass Blues; Central Park West.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Darek Oleszkiewicz: The Promise

Read "The Promise" reviewed by Jim Worsley

As much as John Coltrane left us, blessedly, with a bounty of notes, he also captured a bevy of moods within his artform. While there is much freedom of artistry, and hence note selection, in bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz's solo tribute to Trane, it is the latter that sets this Coltrane adventure apart. That and some virtuosic ...

Live at Jazz nad Odra

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Blues for Albert E.; Shadaj; All Blues; Embarcadero; Think of One; Song for Sara; Getting Around.

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Darek Oleszkiewicz: Rolls-Royce Groovin'

Read "Darek Oleszkiewicz: Rolls-Royce Groovin'" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Inspiring greatness has long been the two-word association with the grand luxury of Rolls-Royce. Britain's entry into automobile finery has thus become benchmark terminology. To hear bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz interact, navigate, and improvise with today's finest jazz musicians is to understand why he has been deemed the Rolls-Royce of the modern day upright. Carrying the torch ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Garzone, Erskine, Pasqua, Oleskiewicz Live at Sam First

Read "Garzone, Erskine, Pasqua, Oleskiewicz Live at Sam First" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The venue in which you see and hear a performance has always mattered. Perhaps much more so than most people realize or even think about. Acoustics, ambiance, and comfort have always been important. In recent years you see more and more listening rooms popping up. Why? Well, neither acoustics nor talented musicians making great music matter ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Darek Oleszkiewicz: Blues For Charlie

Read "Blues For Charlie" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The serious jazz musician or listener will tell you that to hear the music that prolific bassist Charlie Haden left us, is to be given a rare gift. Haden's extraordinary abilities first made an impact in the 1950s. Perhaps best known for his work with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Haden's most influential mark was in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio

Read "West Coast Trio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album brings together New York-based pianist Roberta Piket with two outstanding musicians from the Los Angeles area: bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz and drummer Joe La Barbera. Hence the title “Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio." To spice things up, Piket brought along her long-time cohort Billy Mintz on percussion on one track, and special guest guitarist Larry ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Roberta Piket Revisits Jazz Trio Format With The April 6 Release Of "West Coast Trio," Featuring Joe La Barbera & Darek Oleszkiewicz

Pianist Roberta Piket Revisits Jazz Trio Format With The April 6 Release Of "West Coast Trio," Featuring Joe La Barbera & Darek Oleszkiewicz

Roberta Piket, one of the most virtuosic and versatile pianists on the current international jazz scene, revisits the iconic jazz piano trio format with the April 6 release of West Coast Trio on her label Thirteenth Note Records. Joining Piket is the consummate rhythm section of drummer Joe La Barbera and bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz—part of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yelena Eckemoff: In The Shadow Of A Cloud

Read "In The Shadow Of A Cloud" reviewed by John Kelman

She may rarely perform live in this context, but Yelena Eckemoff has managed to build, over just seven years and a mammoth eleven releases--including her second release of 2017, In the Shadow of a Cloud--a loyal and growing following in the jazz world. It's all the more remarkable for a multi-talented expat Russian pianist who began ...


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