I love the idea that all the best contemporary jazz doesn't come out of the USA. Therefore, 'Art of Silence' from Polish band Slow is a real treat.
They show, with songs like 'First Impression', Payola' and 'Iguana Party' that they have got the groove aspect of contemporary jazz well and truly down.
Instrumentally, well, I'm hearing some astonishing soprano sax, some subtle acoustic guitar and edgy electric guitar. The juicy bass solo on 'Gender Blender' made me smile almost as much as the song title.
The band can capture a mellow mood and they show this on 'Wczesna Sjesta', 'Spokojnie' and 'Art of Silence'.
'Ada' is the only song here that betrays any kind of European roots and 'Way Out' is an aptly-titled fusion workout which runs to almost 9 minutes.
This is a well-rounded album from real jazz musicians that displays a wealth of talent and potential. Hear it as soon as you can.