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  • Audio CD (27 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Act
  • ASIN: B0052FG8CC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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On Komeda Polish piano star Leszek Mozdzer has created a series of small masterpieces which go far beyond any pigeonholed way of thinking and offer a musical romance for jazz fans as well as lovers of classical music. Leszek Mo d er was born in 1971. While he didn t discover jazz himself until he was 18 years old, he quickly made a name for himself and is today celebrated as a pop star in Poland, where he has played with the country s most important jazz musicians including Tomasz Stanko and Michal Urbaniak. Since 1994 until the present day he has been voted, almost without exception, the best pianist of the country by the Polish Jazzforum magazine. Mo d er has also made a name for himself internationally, particularly alongside Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson whose music is similarly dedicated to melody. He described Mo d er as, the ideal pianist for me and recorded both his last albums Pasodoble (2007) and Tarantella (2009) with him. American jazz icons such as Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie and Archie Shepp are also vocal in their appreciation of his work. Leszek Mo d er uses his solo ACT debut as an opportunity to pay homage to the second great national hero of Polish music (next to Chopin), Krzysztof Komeda. The jazz pianist and film score composer died in 1969 aged just 38, but by this time had written, amongst other things, the soundtracks for almost all of Roman Polanski s films. Komeda is one of my idols, says Mo d er. I can still remember the first time I heard his music, it was incredible, this great depth and wisdom that appeared. Over time, I found out more about his biography and immense dedication to music. One of my favourite quotes by him is, Live for music, not from music. The listener can hear that Mo d er s Komeda project has undergone a long maturing period. The album s producer, Pawe Potoroczyn, tried to get me into the studio with it for six years. He s only managed it now. I just didn t feel ready for it earlier.

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Mozdner's Komeda is both a fitting homage but also an excellent work in its own right...This is a readily accessible album that is likely to hold considerable appeal to both jazz and classical listeners. --The Jazzman Online

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Leszek Mozdzer pays homage here to the compositions of Krzysztof Komeda, the Polish jazz pianist and composer who scored the soundtracks for some of Polanski's films. It is an immediately attractive sound, clear, luminous on 'Svenetic,' a beguiling ponderous romanticism on 'Ballad for Bernt' and 'The Law and the Fist,' and some subtle jazz harmonies on 'Crazy Girl.' The music sparkles and you want to hear it again. Highly recommended.
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This is a record of extraordinary virtuosity. Mozder is classically trained and a lover of Chopin (like me, though I can only play his simpler pieces). He improvises here on themes by the Polish jazz pianist and composer Komeda, and it is a slight drawback that most people (like me) will not be familiar with the originals. There are echoes of Bill Evans in the harmonic and rythmic invention, and of the much less well-known Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson in the lyricism and touches of melancholy. Johansson died in 1968 at the age of 38 - Komeda in 1969 at the same age. If you are not familiar with Johansson, try his Jazz Pa Svenska (Jazz in Swedish)- you will be hooked. I rate it up with Coltrane's Ballads as one of the great lyrical jazz albums of all time. But back to Mozder - he plays solo, not even a bass, and yet creates an almost orchestral sound. A disc that really grows on you like all the best stuff which can seem a bit 'difficult' at first.
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I came upon this artist via a jazz magazine. I then looked him up using Spotify. I have listened to this album so many times that I would lose my honour if I were to not buy it. If it were a CD it would have laser burns by now! This is Leszek Mozdzer playing the music of a fellow Polish jazz pianist Krzysztof Komeda. Komeda is an unknown name to me but this album inspires me to seek out his work. Leszek is an amazing pianist who fuses jazz with classical elements. I am relatively new to the world of jazz but I would describe the music on this album as lightly avant garde. If that sounds like your cup of coffee then go for it. For myself, its a classic...
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everytime i listening to this records i feel chills going down my spine, and there are moments i'm very close to cry, it's so emotional yet so sophisticated. Mozdzers interpretations of Komeda are real masterpieces of improvisation.
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