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European jazz musicians tend to have an affinity for jazz that is free and very melodic. The pianist, bassist, and drummer from Tomasz Stanko's working quartet debut with Trio, consisting of five free improvisations and eight composed tunes, walking the line between free and mainstream jazz. It's perfect for listening when one is in a contemplative mood. The songs are characterized by simple melodies in which silence is employed practically as a fourth member of the trio.
The free pieces breathe a quiet fire similar to the less-is-more impressionistic stylings of fellow ECM-er Bobo Stenson and the off-the-cusp ruminations of the Keith Jarrett Trio. Wayne Shorter's rarely-played "Plaza Real," written during his days with Weather Report, is reconfigured by pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and drummer Michal Miskiewicz into an almost unrecognizable tune by stripping it bare. Icelandic pop singer Björk's songs are being covered by an increasing number of jazz musicians, and the trio's version of "Hyperballad" is pensive and cool, drawing out the song's airy effect.
Wasilewski is the group's major writer. His free bop is like a controlled explosion as the drummer drops little bombs that the pianist and bassist dance around. Some albums tend to sneak up, requiring repeated listenings. With each spin the fragile, delicate, shimmering beauty of Trio continually reveals itself.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com