Friday, March 25, 2011

Horny Trees - Branches of Dirty Delight (2009)

This record made a great impact on me and I would like to recommend it wholeheartedly: it's original, avantgarde but simultaneously accessible and easy-to-listen. How is it possible? Perhaps a reason is that this trio unites talents of t(h)ree players of very different jazz background who nonetheless managed to harmonize their styles and produce common and very interesting sound.
Hubert Zelmer (drums) has graduated from legendary Warsaw Music Academy and since then played in both classical and jazz music projects. Although young he excelled in many mainstream jazz recordings like in projects with Wojtek Staroniewicz, Zbigniew Namysłowski or Adam Pierończyk. Paweł Szamburski (clarinet) on other hand is one of the leaders of Polish avantgarde scene and member of such fantastic bands as Tupika, Cukunft or SzaZa cooperating with such important artists as Raphael Rogiński, Tomasz Duda or Mikołaj Trzaska. As for Maciej Trifonidis Bielawski (bass guitar and wind instruments) I believe he is self-taught but his ambition and talent are exceptional. He saturates music with pure madness showing that people who come from world outside of musical schools have a lot to offer to jazz. 
Speaking shortly, it is great that these young but very talented lads decided to work together disregarding all differences in their careers and music genres they played so far. The result is magnificent indeed! As with all the best contemporary jazz it is eclectic music uniting such different influences as free improv, klezmer, chamber, rock, electro-accoustic and even rave or trance. But in the end instead of chaos we got coherent and original music showing how attractive (if executed so well as here) may be such a synthetic attitude. 
If you are interested in what CD cover illustrates check following link (you can find there also music from this album) and read Horny Tree's bio in English: buahahahaha!



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