Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mikrokolektyw - Revisit (Delmark, 2010) by Maciej Nowotny

My path in jazz leads between all too obvious mainstream and all too extravagant free, improvised, avant garde (delete unnecessary) music. As far as mainstream is concerned it happens quite often that music is perfectly  played but because everything is so well known it does not move me too deeply (there are exceptions to that of course). On the other hand free jazz often  avoids any structure to the point of being merely chaotic and quickly tires my mind. What appeals to me most is synthesis of mainstream communicativeness and avant garde freshness. Such a synthesis though is very rare and this record is one of the best if not the best example of such combination in Poland last year.
Kuba Suchar is drummer while Artur Majewski trumpeter but they both very creatively use different electronical instruments to enliven their music. In fact they use so original instrumentation and play together for so long time that they both sound like some new instrument, very unique and unheard of, with the name for group so well matching for such perfect cooperation. They were both playing for 10 years from 1998 to 2008 in group called Robotobibok (can be translated as "Lazy Robot") which had important role on Polish music scene experimenting not only with jazz but also with all kinds of electronic music, rhythm driven, avantagarde.
In 2004 they created duo Mikrokolektyw but only after 6 years of playing together they decided to record first CD. In the meantime they got opportunity to gig with excellent American jazzman Rob Mazurek which helped them to secure printing this material by well known Delmark label. Let us hope that it shall allow wider audience and not only Polish to get to know with this fantastic musicians and their music. They certainly deserve it and in my opinion this is simply one of the best recordings in Polish jazz in 2010!
As usual links with artists' web pages where you can find even more informations and some samples of their music:


Author: Maciej Nowotny

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