Thursday, July 1, 2010

Outbreak Quartet - Last Call (2010)

In June issue of Jazz Forum magazine I found CD of Outbreak Quartet titled Last Call. This band consists of 2 Polish musicians: Artur Tuźnik (piano), Tomasz Licak (sax) and 2 Danes: Emil Brun Madsen  (bass), Rasmus Schmidt (drums). They were spotted when they won in last edition of Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa Festival which under the supervison of Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski became one of the most significant jazz festival in Poland.   
Going back to musicians they all are students of Jazz Faculty at Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense in Denmark. Through this collaboration these young musicians follow up in tracks of so many distinguished Polish and Scandinavian jazzmen who co-created European jazz since 60ties last century. There is some close affinity between jazz styles of Polish and Scandinavian players: it is rather cool jazz, moody, bluesy, dark and deep. And yet there are differences which are not so easy do describe, individual in case of every musicians but which keep creative tension high and which made such a meeting so fruitful in the past. Perhaps the most known Polish jazz tune Ballad For Bernt was composed by Krzysztof Komeda for his friend, Scandinavian saxophonist.
Going back to Last Call it has all necessary features not only to draw your attention to itself but also to keep it for longer. They play mainstream jazz, energetic, assertive and consciously referring to hard bop roots of modern jazz. In Tomasz Licak play one hear obvious Coltrane influences, in Artur Tuźnik piano I find echoes of Wynton Kelly or McCoy Tyner. The support of Danish rhythm section is of key importance to success of this album: it reminds me in style the rhythm sections of E.S.T. or Tord Gustavsen Trio. All in all these young lads are pretty talented, they not only play well but also compose very interesting tunes so I expect nice things from them in future. I recommend you to listen to sample of music from their debut album at this address:

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