Saturday, January 29, 2011

Zbigniew Namysłowski Quintet - Nice & Easy (2009)

Zbigniew Namysłowski is one of the pillars on which Polish jazz edifice was erected. He counts among those great and legendary as Krzysztof Komeda, Andrzej Trzaskowski, Tomasz Stańko, Mieczysław Kosz, Tomasz Szukalski, Jan Ptaszyn-Wróblewski, Adam Makowicz and others without whom there could be no jazz on this side of iron curtain. Since he is present in Polish jazz from it's very beginning in 50ties last century and was present in the recording of many of the most known recordings his sound is as deeply rooted in our hearts as Stańko melancholic trumpet or Kosz light-as-a-feaver piano improvisations. One can described his sound as emotional yet restrained in this best Polish music tradition of dialogue between heart and mind with prevalence of heart.   
"Nice & Easy" his latest album does not in the least disappoints Namysłowski's fans and although placed in territory between mainstream and smooth jazz it is as classy as any of his previous recordings. Like other great saxophonists of our time who are recording in full maturity (b. 1939), like Sonny Rollins or Wayne Shorter, he shows vitality, creativity and enthusiasm proving that his love towards jazz is as strong as ever. Excellent musicians are following his leader example showing extraordinary level of musicianship on this album: Jacek Namysłowski (trombone), Sławek Jaskułke (piano), Andrzej Święs (double bass) and Grzegorz Grzyb (drums).
To sum up: it's joyful, it's cheerful, it's energetic, it's obligatory for any smooth or mainstream jazz lover. Check following link for sample of his music. 

Author: Maciej Nowotny

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