Sunday, May 23, 2010

Piotr Wyleżoł Quintet - Live (2010)

The very first moment I saw this record on, web page of internet CD shop where I most often buy my records of Polish jazz, I was sure that this record shall bring some excellent music. And so it is indeed! And it could not be different because on this record meet two exceptional personalities Piotr Wyleżoł on piano and Adam Pierończyk on tenor & soprano sax. Piotr Wyleżoł up to this point recorded three albums all in trio format and through them he gained the reputation of one of the Polish top jazz piano players among such young lions as Marcin Wasilewski, Przemysław Raminiak or Paweł Kaczmarczyk. Apart from being extremely talented piano player Piotr Wyleżoł is also a gifted composer. And the tunes are clearly very strong side of the this Live album.
The program begins with Sound-check  which is intended to remind the people who listen to the album that it is live enterprise. It is followed by Nicholas Patu - a very strong entry where quintet is led by masculine sound of Pierończyk sax impressively counterpointed by Wyleżoł Rhodes and David Dorouzka electric guitar. This colorful picture is completed by full throttle propulsion supplied by mighty drums of Krzysztof Dziedzic and Adam Kowalewski on double bass. The tune comes from the newest issue of Piotr Wyleżoł Trio, album Children's Episode  printed by Spanish Fresh Sound New Talent label this year.
Children's Episode, title track is the next tune on the album which skillfully changes the tempo from fast to slow and more importantly the mood to more inward-looking, reflective and sentimental. Those two tunes are enough to prove that the music of this band is powerful enough to move both mind and emotions of any listener but it is just a beginning.
The third tune, Dr Holmes, coming from Piotr Wyleżoł second album titled simply Piano Trio is the natural vamp which has such a strong groove as it simply forces you to dance, scream and shout! Brilliant tune!
Next Snake begins with long solo of Adam Kowalewski on bass which gave me creeps on my back and slowly other instruments begin to appear in the tune that is hauntingly beautiful, full of pain, anxiety and sadness (the alternative version of this song constitutes the last bonus track of this album). 
Was This The Last Time? begins by stormy solo of drummer Krzysztof Dziedzic where each shot is well placed and has enough energy to bring down an elephant on its knees. While elefant is resting on it knees Pierończyk's sax enters improvising freely through silence reminding that Adam is so  strongly attached to free jazz. Further Kowalewski bass joins, then  music becomes denser with Wyleżoł's Rhodes entrance and finally Dorouzka guitar emerges which in unison with Pierończyk sax ends the tune in one rthytmic scream.
The disc ends with Els Gates (The Cats), the song I encourage to listen to at the end of this post. All in all this is awesome music!

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