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Krzysztof Komeda

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Christopher Komeda's big time began back at the time of the I Sopot Jazz Festival in August 1956, but his ties with music were much older. Born in Poznan in 1931 he took piano lessons since his childhood and his first dreams were to be a famous virtuoso. They were no daydreams for at the age of eight he started at the Poznan conservatory. But the war upset his plans. During the war and later, until 1950 he continued to study the piano and theory but he was aware the six years were actually lost. Having graduated from secondary school he had to make up his mind as to his further studies. He wanted to have an exciting job and so he became an M

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Article: Album Review

Espen Eriksen Trio featuring Andy Sheppard: In The Mountains

Read "In The Mountains" reviewed by John Eyles


Formed in 2007, with personnel which has remained unchanged since, the Espen Eriksen Trio released its first Rune Grammofon album, You Had Me At Goodbye, in 2010. Since then, they have regularly released albums on the label, the most recent being End of Summer (2020). Prior to the current release, their only album which did not ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May


The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From The Blue Note Jazz Club: Jan ‘Ptaszyn’ Wróblewski, Michel Korb, Felix Robin, Dawid Tokłowicz, Nata & Evgeny

Read "Live From The Blue Note Jazz Club: Jan ‘Ptaszyn’ Wróblewski, Michel Korb, Felix Robin, Dawid Tokłowicz, Nata & Evgeny" reviewed by Martin Longley


Jan 'Ptaszyn' Wróblewski Blue Note Jazz Club Poznań, Poland August 31, 2021 Although not acknowledged on the main Blue Note website, along with the clubs in New York City, Tokyo, Hawaii, Milan and Rio De Janeiro, there has been a low-key acknowledgement of this Polish outpost's ...

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Article: Interview

Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"

Read "Roberto Magris: "Il jazz è un veicolo per contenuti elevati"" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nato a Trieste nel 1959, Roberto Magris è dai primi anni ottanta uno dei jazzmen italiani più attivi all'estero, tra i pochissimi a collaborare con i musicisti dell'Est Europa quando esisteva ancora la cosiddetta “cortina di ferro." Dei suoi organici ricordiamo il MUH trio, il Gruppo Jazz Marca, l'Europlane Orchestra, il DMA Urban Jazz Funk e ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Sylwester Ostrowski: la musica come celebrazione della vita

Read "Sylwester Ostrowski: la musica come celebrazione della vita" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Il sassofonista polacco Sylwester Ostrowski non è solo un brillante musicista e produttore, ma anche un promotore culturale di grande successo. In particolare, è fondatore e organizzatore dello Szczecin Jazz Festival, un evento che si svolge nella sua città natale in Polonia. Nel momento in cui Ostrowski ha ripreso a suonare dal vivo in tutta Europa ...

Article: Live Review

Maciej Obara Quartet al 12° Festival Musicale Krzysztof Komeda

Read "Maciej Obara Quartet al 12° Festival Musicale Krzysztof Komeda" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Maciej Obara International Quartet 12° Festival Muzyki Filmowej Krzysztofa Komedy Varsavia 27.9.2021 Per il ruolo fortemente innovativo avuto sul jazz in Polonia, il romantico lirismo espresso in brani memorabili e la morte in giovane età, Krzysztof Komeda ha incarnato l'archetipo dell'eroe tragico e resta l'emblema del jazz polacco. Non c'è ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Sylwester Ostrowski: Music As A Celebration Of Life

Read "Sylwester Ostrowski: Music As A Celebration Of Life" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski is not only a brilliant musician and producer, but an equally successful cultural promoter. In particular, he is the founder and organizer of the Szczecin Jazz Festival, a celebrated festival he organizes in his native city. As soon as he hit the road after the hiatus forced by the pandemic, we had ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch

Read "Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Many jazz musicians in Poland consider playing and/or recording the music of Poland's father of jazz, Krzysztof Komeda, a rite of passage. A similar feeling exists with most jazz musicians anywhere about the music of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and more. This episode features some recordings that follow that path. Saxophonist Dan Willis tackles ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...


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