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Jacek Kochan

Jacek Kochan - composer, arranger, producer and percussionist. Graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (Master degree). He has studied percussion and vibraphone in Grant Mac Evan College in Edmonton. In early '80-ties he moved to New York. There he has studied among the others with Jaco Pastorius, Mike Clark, Robbie Gonzales. By the mid 80s, Jacek moved to Montreal, where he further expanded his musical lexicon to include writing for choirs and orchestra (ENSEMBLE VOCAL TUDOR, REPERCUSSION) as well as playing and recording ethnic music (Latin, African, Balkan). There he worked with Michel Donato, Karen Young, Andrew Leroux, Yannick Rieu, Oliver Jones, Jean-Pierrre Zanella, Michel Cusson, Helmut Lipsky, Lazaro Saucedo, Geoff Lapp, Johnny Scott and many others, perfoming at the clubs and jazz festivals. In 1990, after moving to Toronto, he started to work as a leader and sideman in countless live and recording projects with artists like John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Pat Labarbera, Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, Mike Murley, Neil Swainson, Reggie Schwager, Lorne Lofsky, Bernie Senensky, John MacLeod, Dave Restivo and Brian Dickinson. In 1995 he returned to Europe where he continues to compose, play, tour and record music

Occupational Hazard

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fear No More; Evident Monk; Not to be Trusted; Occupational Hazard; Misunderstood Intentions; Soliloquy; Half Baked; Better Yet; Mocker's Lounge; Mocker's Lounge (reprise)

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Evident Monk

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 05:25

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Jacek Kochan & musiConspiracy: Occupational Hazard

Read "Occupational Hazard" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Polish-born and current Canadian Jacek Kochan's 22nd release as a leader, Occupational Hazard, exists at the crossroads of straight ahead and electric jazz. A drummer, composer and arranger, Kochan has played with a variety of musicians over the course of his long career. On Occupational Hazard he leverages this broad experience to bring together ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Idle Hands, Jacek Kochan and Moses Boyd

Read "Idle Hands, Jacek Kochan and Moses Boyd" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature three albums. Producer Marc Free enlists the able assistance of a few trusted Idle Hands for the next release in a visionary series of demand building records on Posi-tone. Highlighted by the handiwork of a carefully curated group of label artists, an engagingly entertaining album features front line performances from ...

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KOCHAN

JACEK KOCHAN - composer, arranger, producer, drummer and percussionist. Graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (Master degree), studied music at Grant MacEwan in Edmonton. New York Studying with Jaco Pastorius, Mike Clark, Robbie Gonzales. Performing, touring and recording jazz and funk music. Montreal Studying composition and expanding his musical lexicon by writing for choir and symphony orchestra (Ensemble Vocal Tudor, Repercussion) as well as playing and recording ethnic music (Latin, African, Balkan). Performing with Michel Donato, Karen Young, Oliver Jones, Andrew Leroux, Yannick Rieu, Jean-Pierrre Zanella, Michel Cusson, Rene Bolduc, Helmut Lipsky, Muhammad Al-Khabyyr, Lazaro Saucedo, Geoff Lapp, Johnny Scott and many others. Toronto Working as a leader and sideman in many live and recording projects with artists like Pat Labarbera, Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, Mike Murley, Neil Swainson, Reggie Schwager, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald, Bernie Senensky, John MacLeod, Dave Restivo, Brian Dickinson, Jim Vivian, Mike Downes, Kieran Overs, Neil Swainson. Europe, Asia, North America, Australia Continues to perform, compose, play, tour, record and leads his music formations: JACEK KOCHAN & Co, musiConspiracy, N.A.K

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Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More

Read "Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch brings her 'tude and much-praised talent to her follow-up recording to Fly or Die in Fly Or Die II--Bird Dog of Paradise. Her music is even more incendiary as she turns her attention to the current state of political and social unrest in America. Also making debuts this week are the Malleus Trio ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Maciej Lewenstein: Quantum Mechanics of Polish Jazz

Read "Maciej Lewenstein: Quantum Mechanics of Polish Jazz" reviewed by Cezary L. Lerski

Maciej Lewenstein was born in 1955 in Warsaw. He is a theoretical physicist and currently an ICREA professor at Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) in Castelldefels near jny: Barcelona, Spain. He has written more than 500 scientific papers and is the recipient of many international and national prizes. Next to theoretical physics his other passion is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jerry Bergonzi: Three Point Shot

Read "Three Point Shot" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Musicians often benefit from the stimulus provided by a interacting with a new group of cohorts. If nothing else, personnel changes can remake the creative process and offer dramatically altered results. In an art form like jazz, that leans heavily on improvisation, this can only be a good thing. It is, therefore, a pleasant surprise to ...

Man Of No Words

Label: Walk Away Records
Released: 2008


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