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Live In Trójka

Label: For Tune
Released: 2019
Track listing: #30; Panda; #28; #29; #25; #26.

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HoTS: Live In Trójka

Read "Live In Trójka" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Poland's HoTS (the name is an initialism of Harmony of The Spheres) returns with a live album. As on previous release Numbers (Multikulti Project, 2017), guitarist Mikołaj Poncyljusz is still giving his compositions mostly numerical titles, but the usual quintet is augmented by guest pianist Aga Derlak. “#30" opens the set with the quintet in bebop ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski: Ninjazz

Read "Ninjazz" reviewed by Don Phipps

Dark and foreboding, with a slight touch of heat, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski's album Ninjazz offers up a selection of work that reminds one of his mentor, the late great Tomasz Stanko, with a bit of Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler, and Mark Isham thrown in for good measure. Dabrowski is joined on this effort ...

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Sigmar Matthíasson: Arora

Read "Arora" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Now working and studying in New York, Icelandic bassist/composer Sigmar Matthiasson crossed the cold Atlantic with the groundbreaking sounds of Jaco Pastorius, Led Zeppelin, Reggie Workman, Ron Carter, and Scott LaFaro in his head and dreams. It's no wonder that Matthíasson's lyrical and eminently likable debut recording exhibits such a classic American feel. From ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski: Ninjazz

Read "Ninjazz" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Ninjazz, just one of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski's several recorded efforts of 2018, finds him leading his quartet Ad Hoc through a serious investigation of ten cerebral, tonal abstractions. Uninhibited by language, and sound explorers all, Dabrowski's all-Japanese cohorts, pianist Hiroshi Minami, double bassist and electronics Hiroki Chiba and time-defying drummer Hiroshi Tsuboi viscerally ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski Ad Hoc: Ninjazz

Read "Ninjazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he has built an impressive resume working with well-known avant-gardists like Evan Parker, Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis and Andrew Drury (with the latter two appearing on his 2014 release, Vermillion Tree ), Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski went in a different direction for his current project, Ninjazz. With the title a portmanteau of “Ninja" and “jazz," ...

Ninjazz

Label: For Tune
Released: 2018
Track listing: Another, More Desirable Reality; Penalty Fare; Concerns; Oddly Abstract Nature; Perfectly Average; Lines for Bogdan; Helga; Corrosive Power; The North.

Arora

Label: For Tune
Released: 2018
Track listing: Nordurljos; Pleasant Avenue; Twenty-four Seven; Inactive Pureness; I sound hymn; Hjaleigan; Nordan gar; Festi; Aurora No. 1; Aurora No. 2.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tomasz Dabrowski Ad Hoc: Ninjazz

Read "Ninjazz" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Award-winning Polish trumpeter/educator Tomasz Dąbrowski (Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, TOM TRIO) and current resident of Copenhagen, has an impressive résumé amid a penchant for exploring dissimilar jazz-based methods. Here, the artist and his Japanese cohorts build an opaque conduit between modern jazz and experimental tendencies via a democratic engagement, where each musician's voice is heard.


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