Dazzling and beautifully-recorded third ECM album by Poland's Wasilewski Trio, one of the most resourceful piano trios of the present day and one which radiates an unmistakable joy in music-making. Their wide-ranging repertoire here includes five new tunes from the pen of Marcin Wasilewski and contemporary jazz classics by Paul Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, and Ornette Coleman. Plus, Hanns Eisler's "An den kleinen Radioapparat" and the jazz standard "Ballad of the Sad Young Men".
Produced by Manfred Eicher at Lugano's Auditorium SRI, it's a very natural and warm-sounding album that perfectly captures the trio's blend of energy and lyricism. There is space here for both the outgoing and the reflective, for profound composition and in-the-moment creativity.
In Poland, the Marcin Wasilewski Trio are stars of the national jazz scene. The group was formed by Marcin Wasilewski and Slawomir Kurkiewicz back in 1990, when they were just 15 years old. Drummer Michal Miskiewicz joined in 1993, and the line-up has been stable ever since. Polish jazz legend Tomasz Stanko supported and encouraged the group, integrating them in his quartet for the highly successful 'Soul of Things', 'Suspended Night' and 'Lontano', and declaring "In the entire history of Polish jazz, there's never been a trio like this one and they're getting better all the time." Out on their own, the group has made a big impact, and each of the previous ECM discs - 'Trio' and January - has also netted big praise from the international critics. Germany's Jazzthing called the trio "Jahrhundert-Talente" (talents of the century).
Personnel: Marcin Wasilewski (piano), Slawomir Kurkiewicz (double-bass), Michal Miskiewicz (drums)
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