Friday, February 4, 2011

Piotr Baron - Salve Regina (2007)

If Piotr Baron was not such  a good reed player, I would love him anyway. The reason is that I love crazy people who nonetheless have some idea, go their own way, follow some inner directive they believe in. In his case this is Christian faith in its Catholic form and JAZZ. He's expressing his musical beliefs in a same vehement, extravagant, all-or-nothing way as he demonstrates conviction that somewhere there must be entity which created everything else except itself. 

Once I read some interview with him held by a Catholic priest: it was like discussion of two theologists, I have not understood a single word but I must say it is not necessary. Because fortunately Piotr Baron's music speak for itself,  there is everything in it: passion, faith, confidence and hope. You do not have to know all this complicated religious notions to feel that there is only one question relevant to ask: what is human being relation to God? And by pursuing an answer to this question all other matters begin to resound with each other, be it ethics, politics, science or art.   

For such a spiritual enterprise Baron found perfect partners: great (no exaggeration at all with respect to this musician) Leo "Wadada" Smith on trumpet, Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums and Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz on double bass. And now Maciej "No Nickname" Nowotny shall write few words what is the program this disc contains: this is mixture of Baron's compositions and traditional religious tunes all set in free jazz idiom. But it nonetheless has little in common with typical free jazz "noise'. Surprisingly, although this music is so avantagarde and free improv it is also fitting to be played during a regular mass or some other religious ceremony. It has this feature of "gravitas" as ancient Romans called certain type of seriousness: a trait of human, religious or artistic deeds that have "sacrum" quality in itself. Hidden pearl among treasures of Polish jazz.

A great tune "Joshua 6" from this album, composition by Piotr Baron.

Author: Maciej Nowotny

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