Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Zbigniew Namyslowski Quartet w/Joachim Kuhn - Live at Kosmos, Berlin (2008) by Maciej Nowotny

This is simply an invaluable disc! First and most important of all it contains splendid music. Recorded in 1965 it proves how forward thinking was Polish jazz at those days. Almost everybody knows what Komeda or Stańko did but there were others doing equally interesting things like Trzaskowski, Kurylewicz, Seifert and Zbigniew Namysłowski. Namysłowski is a legend in Poland, great hero and master of Polish jazz but unlike Stańko he never was recognized enough outside Poland. In 1964 he was first EVER Polish jazz musician who made recording for foreign label, namely for Decca with album titled "Lola", containing a truly fantastic piece of music. And only year later he made this recording which is going another step forward because by inviting German pianist Joachim Kuhn he injected into his top-notch mainstream a drop of avantgarde placing this music among one of the most interesting recordings of all European jazz in second half of sixties. 

Unfortunately we are given an opportunity to get to know with this album only after 44 years since its recording!!! What could be Namysłowski career if he would live in West rather than in communist Poland is perhaps evidenced in story of Joachim Kuhn life. One year after this recording he left East Germany and settled in its Western part. Being since then able to move freely around world he became colossus of European jazz immortalized by such sessions as 1996 duo with Ornette Coleman titled "Colors". He remains  active up to this date his latest incredible "Out Of Desert" being more than necessary proof for that.

PS. Namysłowski and Kuhn are accompanied on this album by Janusz Kozłowski (bass) and Czesław Bartkowski (drums).

Please listen to a piece of music from this album, a song titled "Bye Bye Black Cat".

Author of text: Maciej Nowotny
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